Rides home offered on Saturday night

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Saturday night at the Swiss Wine Festival is always a time for friends and family to get together and enjoy all that the festival has to offer.

The festival’s Beer Garden is a popular place on Saturday night, and now a group of residents is offering a way for people to enjoy the evening and still get home safely.

On Saturday night, August 23rd, from 11 p.m. until 2 a.m., a group of residents will have their vehicle parked near the entrance to the Beer Garden, and will be offering free, no questions asked, rides home for those who may feel that they are too impaired to drive themselves home safely.

Those taking advantage of the ride home will leave their vehicle at the festival grounds, and can pick it up the next day. Volunteers will not drive the passenger’s car home for them.

Anyone who would like to help in providing rides may call Pat Lanman at the Vevay Media Group newspaper office, 427-2311, during the day. Volunteers will need a special pass to bring their vehicle into the festival area, so you need to volunteer prior to that night.

Also: volunteers are asked to travel in pairs of two (no one will drive alone); and women volunteers are also needed to transport female passengers.

Several local churches have volunteered to help, simply as a way of providing a safe ride home while enjoying the festival with friends and family.