Swiss Days off and running

Staff Writer

     The 2015 Swiss Days festival kicked off Thursday evening in Berne and will run through Saturday. Shown above, area residents stand to honor America during the singing of the National Anthem during the opening ceremonies. Additional photos and story appear in today's print or online editions of the Daily Democrat.

Swiss Days schedule
    11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. — The Original Alpine Express, main stage;
    11 a.m. — Tour Swiss Village, West Main Street;
    12 p.m. — Tour Smith Brothers of Berne, Monroe Street;
    12-10 p.m. — Beer’s & Jessop’s Amusement Rides, East Main Street parking lot;
    12:30-1:30 p.m.— Tom Frye, main stage;
    1-1:30 p.m. — Brenda Wendling, main stage;
    1:30-3 p.m. — The Original Alpine Express, main stage;
    2 p.m. — Tour Annie’s Publishing, Parr Road and Hitzer, Inc., East Main Street;
    2 p.m. — Jay Fox Polka Band, Swiss Village auditorium;
    3:30-4:30 p.m. — Frances Bond, main stage;
    5 p.m. — Razz M’Jazz, main stage;
    6 p.m. — Hank Haller Ensemble, main stage;
    7 p.m. — Berne’s Got Talent, South Adams High School’s Burkhalter Auditorium;
    8:30 p.m. — Pink Promenade, Muensterberg Plaza & Clock Tower;
    9 p.m.-12 a.m. — D.J. Dance, B&B D.J. Service, American Legion Post 468, Berne Street;
    6-10 a.m. — Pancake & Sausage Breakfast, Berne Fire Station, Parkway Street
    8 a.m. — Rotary Tennis Tournament Tennis tournament brackets
    8 a.m.-12 p.m. — das Märit Farmers & Artisans Market, First Mennonite Church;
    8:15 a.m. — 42nd Annual First Bank of Berne Swiss Days Race1 Mile and 5K Race, North Jefferson Street;
    9 a.m. — Craft and food vendors, downtown Berne;
    9 a.m.-4 p.m. — Swiss Days Amateur Radio Station, Berne Church of the Nazarene, North Sprunger Street. Sponsored by the Adams County Amateur Radio Club. Licensing testing will be held from 9 a.m.-noon;
    9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. — Quilt Show and Quilt Merchant Mall, First Mennonite Family Center, $3 admission fee;
    9 a.m.-4 p.m. — Swiss Heritage Village activities, admission fees apply;
    • Antique Tractor and Engine Show;
    • Car show;
    • Cheese making demonstration;
    • Sawmill demonstration;
    • Village tours;
    10 a.m. — 3-on-3 basketball, South Adams High School;
    10 a.m. — Weiner Dog Races and Open Dog Show; Swiss Heritage Village, admission fees apply;
    10 a.m. — Big Wheel Race, sponsored by the Boys & Girls Club of Adams County and the Fraternal Order of Police, Baltimore Street;
    10 a.m.-12 p.m. — Heavyweight Horse Pull competition, donation, Sprunger Street Extended;
    10 a.m.-12 p.m. — 3rd Annual Bixler Bike Ride, Adams County War Memorial;
    10 a.m.-12 p.m. — Conley-Schmidt, main stage;
    10 a.m.-2 p.m. — “What’s It Worth?” antique appraisals, Berne Antique Mall, proceeds to benefit the South Adams Art and Music Program;
    10 a.m.-3 p.m. — 31st annual Sand Sculpture contest, Pine Lake, U.S. 218 West, admission fees apply;
    12 p.m.-10 p.m. — Beer’s & Jessop’s Amusement Rides, East Main Street parking lot;
    12 p.m. — Miniature Horse Pull competition, donation, Sprunger Street Extended;
    12-1 p.m. — Gabe Bailey, main stage;
    1-3 p.m. — Conley-Schmidt, main stage;
    2 p.m. — Fort Wayne Kinder Und Junge Bavarian Dancer, Swiss Village auditorium;
    3 p.m. — Stein Toss competition, Berne Public Library, Sprunger Street. Sponsored by US Aggregates;
    3 p.m.-4:30 p.m. — Swiss Days Concert featuring The Swiss Jungen and The Rhea Family, First Mennonite Church;
    3:30 p.m.-4 p.m. — Decatur Dance Academy, main stage;
    6 p.m. — Parade, Grand Marshal is Representative Matt Lehman, Sprunger and Hendricks streets;
    7-10 p.m. — Hank Haller Ensemble, main stage;
    7:30-10:00 p.m. — Tower JAM-Fest, Muensterberg Plaza & Clock Tower;

    1 p.m. — Rotary Tennis Tournament, South Adams High School tennis courts;
    1 p.m. — South Adams Athletic Boosters Golf Tournament, Golf Club of the Limberlost;
    6:30 – Community Praise Service, First Mennonite Church, South Adams Ministerial Association.