SANTA CLARA – Beginning Thursday and culminating Saturday, Santa Clara City will host its 25th annual Swiss Days celebration, offering the community a weekend full of events and activities.
Swiss Days was started in 1990 by five Santa Clara residents – Sherri Anderson, Vicki Laswell, Claudia West, Pam Graf and Clark Ence – who had a two-fold purpose for creating the event, Swiss Days Event Coordinator Kathleen Nielson said. One, they wanted a way to preserve the heritage of the Swiss members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who settled the area; two, they were trying to raise funds to renovate the old Relief Society building that sits along Santa Clara Drive, Nielson said.
This year, the five Swiss Days founders will act as grand marshals for the annual event, which started out small and has grown into a premier family event for the entire community, Nielson said.
Activities will begin Thursday evening and will include a flipper shoot – a competition involving homemade sling shots and marbles that, Nielson said, is quite hilarious; a mayor’s walk and a fundraising dinner to benefit Santa Clara firemen will also take place.
The fun will continue through the weekend with food and craft vendors, a 5K, parade, car show, performance by a master yodeler and much more.
Santa Clara Swiss Days complete schedule of events:
- 5 p.m. Flipper Shoot
- 5-7 p.m. Community dinner and fundraiser, “Santa Clara Firemen Cooking it Up”
- 5-7 p.m. Entertainment provided by The Fabulous Honky Tonk Heroes
- 6 p.m. Mayor’s walk and commentary, begins at Town Hall, 2603 Santa Clara Drive
- 7 p.m. Swiss Days Opening Ceremony
- 8 a.m. Santa Clara Kiwanis/Swiss Days Golf Tournament at Sunbrook
- 2-7:30 p.m. Santa Clara Museum tours
- 2-8 p.m. “25 Years of Swiss Days” exhibit, Town Hall Banquet Room
- 2-8 p.m. Continuous entertainment
- 2-9 p.m. Food and craft vendors
- 4-6:30 p.m. Children’s pioneer activities at Heritage Square, 3020 Santa Clara Drive
- 7:30 p.m. Swiss Miss and Mister introductions
- 7:45 p.m. Baking contest and cow awards announced
- 8-9:30 p.m. Free concert by Kerry Christensen, master yodeler, at Town Hall
- 6:30 a.m. 5K run/walk warm-up
- 7 a.m 5K run/walk
- 7:30-9:30 a.m. Pancake breakfast, $3
- 8 a.m.-4p.m. Red Rocks Car Show, Canyon View Park, 1400 Canyon View Drive
- 9 a.m.-4p.m. Food and craft vendors
- 9:30 a.m. Parade along Santa Clara Drive
- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Children’s games
- 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Continuous entertainment
- 11 a.m.-3p.m. Children’s stage/ 25 Years of Swiss Days exhibit
- 4 p.m. Close of Swiss Days 2014
“This is such a great event oriented to families,” Nielson said. “The parade is on a tree-lined street, we have fantastic food, the setting is beautiful and wherever you go people are very happy.”
- When: Thurs.-Sat., Sept. 25-27, activity times vary, see schedule
- Where: Activities are located throughout Santa Clara, see map
- Cost: Free, varying fees for certain activities and vendors
- Additional information: As parking is limited, patrons are encouraged to take an available shuttle or walk to the events
- For more information about Swiss Days click here
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