Boats, bonnets, boxing: busy weekend here


A busy weekend is in the works this weekend in Vevay, with all sorts of activities going on beginning tomorrow (Friday) that will provide a wide range of entertainment for everyone.


The weekend kicks off with the “Cabela’s King Kat” $10,000 fishing tournament and blowout party.

The tournament starts tomorrow (Friday) morning, with fishermen being allowed in the water at 5 a.m. and boats launching from the Paul Ogle Riverfront Park at 6:30 a.m. All anglers must be in weigh-in line by 4 p.m. with a limit of five catfish per team each day. To help preserve the sport of competitive Catfishing only live fish will be weighed in and all fish will be released during or after the tournament.

The Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail is the opportunity for catfish anglers and clubs to advance to a new level with a major payback and media recognition for their abilities.

The trail is a team event. Teams will consist of one or two persons with one exception. A third person may accompany the team provided the third person is under 16 years of age or over 65 years of age.

Switzerland County Tourism is the event host for the tournament; and local sponsors include Belterra Casino Resort and Spa; Switzerland County Council; the Town of Vevay; and the Switzerland County Recreation, Tourism, and Convention Commission.

For more information, call the Visitors Center at 427-3237.


To welcome the fishermen, a ‘Blowout Party’ is being held in conjunction with Vevay Main Street’s monthly “First Friday’ celebration, “Hats Off to Spring”.

The ‘Blowout Party’ will take place on Liberty Street between the Visitors Center and the Courthouse; and festivities include live music by ‘330 Highway Band’ from 6-8:30 p.m.

There will also be a wide array of food during the event, both available at local businesses, and also by organizations.

The Switzerland County 4-H Fairboard will be holding a fish fry; and the Swiss Wine Festival Board will be hosting a Beer Garden on Liberty Street from 5-9 p.m.

Other “First Friday” activities taking place from 6-9 p.m. include: free carriage rides; live music; and several art shows located throughout town – and a ‘Hat Contest’.


Vevay Main Street is sponsoring its second annual ‘Hat Contest’ to celebrate the magic of spring.

Young and old are encouraged to throw their hat in the ring and enter the contest. Let your creative juices flow by decorating your chapeau with colorful trim; or just grab your favorite fedora, Easter bonnet or straw boater.

This is your chance to parade around town in your unique creation vying for ‘Funniest/Most Outrageous’, ‘Most Elegant/Classic’, and for the younger crowd, ‘Kreatively Kids’.

To enter stop by tomorrow (Friday) between 6-8 p.m., at Creative Images at 116 West Main. The local chapter of Red Hat Ladies, the “Swiss Hatters”, will be judging. You just need to stand there and look great in your hat.

For more information call Vevay Main Street at 427-9406.


On Saturday the “Cabela’s King Kat” tournament starts again, with boats launching at 6:30 a.m. and afternoon weigh in starting at 4 p.m. Winners will then be announced.

The pubic is invited both days to the Paul Ogle Riverfront Park to watch the boat launch and check out the catch of the day being weighed in.

The Steven B. Adams #174 Fraternal Order of Police Lodge will be serving food at the park on Saturday starting at 2 p.m.


The big weekend winds up on Saturday night with the “911 Gives Hope/Guns and Hoses Charity Boxing Match”, which will be held in the CenterStage Showroom at Belterra Casino Resort and Spa.

All proceeds will benefit local children.

During the event, law enforcement officers and firefighters from Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky, who put their lives on the line every day will put it all on the line in the ring to help protect those who cannot protect themselves.

At the conclusion, the team with the most victories will take home the traveling “Guns & Hoses” championship belt.

This event supports the new Region 15 Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) that opened in September 2009 in Dillsboro. The CAC is a neutral, child-friendly place where law enforcement officers, child protection services, and prosecutor’s offices from more than six counties in Southeastern Indiana can bring children for a forensic interview as part of an investigation into an allegation of abuse or neglect.

The “Guns & Hoses” charity boxing match will feature 16 matches. Each fight will consist of three rounds and will be judged by boxing officials.

The participants come from around the Tri-State area including in Ohio: Colerain and Whitewater Townships; in Kentucky: Hebron, Covington, Ghent; and in Indiana: Aurora, Rising Sun, Greendale, Madison, Lawrenceburg, East Enterprise, and more.

This year’s event will be hosted by celebrity ring announcer, ‘Bob the Producer’, from WEBN radio station in Cincinnati.

The event kicks off at 7 p.m. at Belterra Casino Resort and Spa with the After-Party starting at 11 p.m. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster, Belterra Casino Resort and Spa, and Friendship State Bank locations.

No member of 911 Gives Hope receives any compensation and 100-percent of the money raised will be given directly back to the community.

This event is sponsored in part by: Belterra Casino Resort and Spa, The City of Lawrenceburg, Switzerland County Council, United Community Bank, Friendship State Bank, and Monarch Beverage Company.


For more information on any of the events listed above please contact the Switzerland County Visitor Center at 427-3237 or online at