Diamond Rio
Diamond Rio
Live music, grape stomps, polka dancers, the wine tasting pavilion and other events honoring Switzerland County's wine-making traditions will attract visitors from near and far for the annual Swiss Wine Festival next month.

Events will be held Aug. 21 through Aug. 24 at Vevay's Paul Ogle Riverfront Park. Admission to the festival is $5 with an additional charges for the wine pavilion.

The festival will feature a free concert with paid festival admission by the 2014 headlining act, Diamond Rio, during events on Friday, Aug. 22. The band will take the stage beginning at 8:45 p.m.

The country music group first formed in 1984, and has earned honors as the County Music Association's Vocal Group of the Year four times, the Academy of Country Music Awards' top Vocal Group of the Year twice and has been nominated for 13 Grammy nominations, a release said. The band won their first Grammy for their album, "The Reason."

The band's debut single "Meet in the Middle" reached the number 1 spot on country charts in 1991, the first group in the history of country music to have a debut single top the charts, the release said.

Other successes over the years led the group to have 32 other singles on the Billboard chart, including "How Your Love Makes Me Feel," "Beautiful Mess," "Love a Little Stronger" and "One More Day."

Diamond Rio features lead singer Marty Roe, guitarist Jimmy Olander, drummer Brian Prout, keyboardist Dan Truman, bassist/harmony Dana Williams and Gene Johnson on mandolin/harmony.

In addition to Diamond Rio's headlining performance on Friday, other performers will showcase their talents throughout the festival.

Rockasaurus Rex, a seven-foot dinosaur, will be at the festival to perform for kids on Friday and Saturday. JoyUNSPEAKABLE performances will be on Saturday and Sunday.

Cincinnati's Midnight Special are scheduled to play classic rock during the festival's Saturday events at 8 p.m. Doug Church will perform as "The True Voice of Elvis" on Saturday at 8:45 p.m.

In addition to the live music and other festivities, the annual Swiss Wine Festival Grand Festival Parade will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23. The parade theme for 2014 is "Enjoy our Grape Heritage."

Organizers are accepting parade entries and encourage bands, musical groups, floats, antique vehicles, equestrians and other entries to apply.

The parade entry fee is $5, and the deadline to apply is Wednesday, Aug. 20.

The Grand Festival Parade line-up will begin at 7 p.m. on Aug. 23 at 507 Vineyard St. near the Switzerland County 4-H Fairgrounds in Vevay.

Parade rules, regulations and applications area available at the Swiss Wine Festival office at 105 W. Pike St., the Switzerland County Visitors Center at 128 W. Main St., and MainSource Bank at 102 W. Main St.

More information about the festival events and parade forms may be found online at www.swisswinefestival.org.