Art event this weekend honors ‘Fred the Goat’ in downtown Vevay

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This weekend downtown Vevay will be hosting one of the most unique and fun events of the year.

  It could be the best event of the year — or longer.

  In fact — you may say this weekend will be the GOAT.

  Not necessarily the Greatest Of All Time — but it’s going to be a fun-filled weekend.

  Switzerland County Tourism will be hosting the “Fred the Goat Public Art Gig” this Saturday and Sunday at locations all around Vevay, and the event will feature a mixture of art, food, music….

  ….And goats.

  Everything kicks off on Saturday at 10 a.m., with vendors lining Liberty Street between Main and Pike, along with a stage for music. Downtown stores will be open and different displays of art will be located all around the downtown area.

  “We have a really nice variety of vendors,” Tourism Executive Director Jon Charles Smith said. “The opening of the goat trail will start at 11 a.m. with the official ceremonies. That will include a proclamation from the town declaring Saturday to be “Fred the Goat” Day in Vevay; and there’s just going to be all sorts of things for people to see and enjoy.

  Smith said that the list of vendors is varied, allowing something for everyone, ranging from arts and crafts to the Amish community having ice cream available. Smith said that a cookie vendor from Indianapolis will be on hand; as well as barbecue and other foods.

  The opening ceremonies will also include the official unveiling of the specially painted goats that have been created by area artists and will be on display all around town.

  The “Last Drop” Jug Band from Indianapolis, a very popular ensemble all over the state, will be performing on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and then again at 7 p.m. The band will then return for another performance this Sunday, May 30th, at 2 p.m.

  “They’ve got a huge following, and it’s a really big thing that we’re getting them” Smith said. “On Sunday, the third concert will be downtown and less chaotic, and we’d love to have people come. It will be after the festival, so people can focus on the music.” 

  After a day of events, at 5 p.m. on Saturday the announcement of the winners of the poster contest will be announced — “We’re getting slammed with entries,” Smith said — and that will lead to all of the posters being displayed in an open exhibit.

  “The Goat Gala will include cake and sparkling cider and fun goat things like goat cheeses and things like that,” Smith said. “We will have copies of the winning commemorative poster that can be signed by the winner and purchased just for the cost of producing them.

  Smith said that visitors will be able to see all of the painted goats by using a map that can be picked up in the Visitors Center, and he said that the town proclamation will be included on the back of the map.

  The epicenter of the event will be on Liberty Street, but Smith said that there will be all sorts of things going on that will allow people to move through town. Tourism attempted to get INDOT to allow them to close a one block section of Main Street between Liberty and Ferry, but that request was denied. That still, however, allows for plenty of activities along the sidewalks. Smith said that there will be crossing guards during the day to assist people in safely crossing the streets.

  “We’re really excited about the event, and we feel like it’s going to be a big event,” Smith said. “We are looking forward to welcoming our visitors and the members of the community. It’s going to be really fun.”

  All of the events will be free of charge.