2023 Ohio Swiss Festival -Tuscarawas County
The Ohio Swiss Festival
Every fall since 1953, downtown Sugarcreek, Ohio transforms into a lively Swiss village, celebrating the rich cultural heritage of Switzerland. From wine and cheese samplings to races, contests, and parades, the Swiss Festival offers something for everyone. Sponsored by the Ohio Swiss Cheese Association, Sugarcreek Business Association, and the Village of Sugarcreek, this year’s festival takes place October 1st – 2nd.
There’s music, food, and entertainment each day of the festival, and parking can be found invarious locations downtown.
Kiddie Parade – Friday, 2:00 p.m.
Join us for our annual Kiddie Parade on Friday afternoon! Featuring fun categories such as smallest pet and best-dressed Swiss Boy & Girl, this parade is a must-see for kids. Past floats have included Radio Flyer wagons converted to airplanes and stage coaches turned into Power Wheels with cheese tires!
Grand Parade – Saturday, 2:00 p.m.
Bring the family down to Main Street to see all of the colorful, creative floats, marching bands, fancy cars, and Festival Royalty from across Ohio. Make sure you have a bag handy to fill with candy and goodies tossed out during the parade!
Wine & Cheese
Stop by the Fire Station to sample local award-winning wine and cheese from Noon. – 9: p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Find a favorite and take it home — our staff is glad to wrap up items to-go.
Craft Beer Tent
Join us at the Craft Beer Tent Friday and Saturday evening of this year’s festival from 3pm-9:30pm to sample beers from local breweries. The Craft Beer Tent will be located in the parking lot in front of The Brick Wall Sculpture on the corner of Main Street and Broadway. Live music will be on the Main Street Stage; sample fantastic local beer and enjoy great live music! Tasting tickets will be sold at the entrance, cash only please.
*Must be 21 and over to enter Craft Beer Tent. Photo ID must be presented before entering.
Experience the beauty of Sugarcreek on foot in one of our races on Saturday. The 5K run/walk course takes participants through the village, while the 10K brings runners through the village and into the gorgeous Amish countryside. For those just looking for a shorter race, a 1 mile fun run/walk gives a quick tour of Sugarcreek. For more race information, including registration. Click here to sign up!
The Steinstossen is a popular Swiss sport that is rarely seen in America. Competitors throw a stone with the goal of achieving the greatest distance. In the competition men throw a stone weighing 138 pounds and women throw a 75 pound stone. Participants have a total of five throws that they can complete throughout the festival weekend with their best being the submitted throw. The Steinstossen is a thrilling sport that tests both strength and endurance of the competitiors. Whether you plan to enter of just want to spectate the Steinstossen is a festival event you don’t want to miss.
Kiddie Pedal Tractor Pull
Come see our young hopefuls pedal their way to victory in the Kiddie Tractor Pull. Children in the Garaway School District participate in this pedal-powered version of a tractor pull. In the case of rain or inclement weather, the race will be cancelled for safety purposes.
Big Wheel Race
Elementary-age children compete in this exciting race, where participants race to see who can complete the course the fastest. Competitors are separated into heats and winners earn bragging rights as the fastest wheels in town! Registration for this event begins at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Main Stage.