Five members of the Floradora Sextette entertain with their version of the cancan in the Schweitzer Fest Brau Garten, August 2, 1960. Photo courtesy of Tell City Historical Society
Tell City Schweitzerfest
Having 100 years of recorded history, the
citizens of Tell City, Indiana, decided to honor the early
settlers and the founding of the town with a grand
celebration. That centennial celebration was held August 10
through 17, 1958. The centennial celebration was such a
success, members of the Centennial Committee decided to hold
another celebration in 1959, and the festival, renamed the
Tell City Schweitzerfest at the suggestion of the local
librarian, has been held every year since. To quote from the
Let other cities have their Indians, their
Kentuck rifles, bear fighters, stagecoaches or battlegrounds.
Tell City has had the miracle of the Swiss Colonization
Society, the birthright of hard-working, fun-loving Swiss and
Germans, and steamboats. After 100 years, our heritage still
holds: Tell City is still a "river town" full of beer-drinking
Germans who make chairs, pretzels, and fifty other products,
who enjoy music and fun, and have a lousy basketball team.
But, for color and interest, we'll take it!
Originally submitted by: Baron P. Hill, Representative (9th District).
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