Midway Swiss Days brings thousands of people to its tiny town…it was originally called Harvest Days and was established in 1947 through the efforts of Luke's Hot Pots Resort owners Joseph B. and Pauline S. Erwin and several local enthusiastic supporters. This year, Swiss Days celebrates its 72nd year and has grown to be one of the largest two-day festivals in Utah. Midway Swiss Days takes place on Friday and Saturday over Labor Day weekend every year. This year the dates are Friday, August 30 and Saturday, August 31. Whether you have never come before or are a Swiss Days professional – I will share some of my favorite tips for having a great time.
The FOOD! If you’re like me, the experience is all about the food. Swiss Days food is the best. This should be reason enough to experience Swiss Days in all its glory. On the square you can find many traditional swiss dishes including knockwurst sandwiches, bratzeli cookies, zopf – braided swiss bread, ham and swiss sandwiches, and don’t forget the lemon yodel! Lemon yodels are a personal favorite. They are essentially a lemon with a candy cane stick – you suck the lemon juice through the stick making it sweet – a whole new spin on lemonade. Midway Swiss Days also has several of their own recipes (favorites) including
Navajo Swiss tacos, scones, Swiss chicken sandwiches, and Swiss ice.
Swiss Days shopping is one of those things I lose sleep over. It’s not losing sleep like staying up with a sick baby, it’s more like going to bed on Christmas Eve as a child excited for Christmas morning. The town square houses over 100 craft booths and is very strict on the types of vendors they allow – so much that the selection process is finalized in January of each year. The vendors decorate their booths to fit the swiss theme and each booth has some type of hand-crafted item to sell. The categories range from home décor, clothing, photography, art, wood working, and several more. You can also find several other booths at neighboring businesses off the square. One last piece of advice when it comes to navigating the booths at Swiss Days, send your husband to a nearby golf course. Unless you convince them carry your goods as you navigate through the booths.
After all that shopping (and eating) you’ll need to take a break. This is where the entertainment comes in, but to be quite honest, the entertainment itself is worth traveling for. This year the Swiss Days line-up includes Joshua Creek, the One Voice Children’s Choir (performed on America’s Got Talent), our very own Swiss Miss Royalty, several talented master yodelers, the Swiss Bells, and the Edelweiss Swiss Chorus. The entertainment is the icing on the cake providing an all-around Swiss experience.
In addition to all this greatness, Swiss Days also includes a 10k run and fun run, a chuckwagon breakfast at 7:00 am, and a parade (download parade route click here) at 10:00 am on Saturday, August 31. On the square there is an area dedicated to children that includes a gated bounce house area and climbing wall, a package drop-off center – so you don’t have to lug all your goodies around, and several shaded areas to sit and enjoy entertainment. This celebration expands into Heber City with a special Swiss Days Train ride on the Heber Valley Railroad.
If you’re a first timer here is what you can expect –lots of people descending on a semi-rural community for one weekend of Swiss goodness. Bring a baby carrier not a stroller. Navigating a stroller through Swiss Days in painful – I’ve done it and it isn’t pretty. Swiss Days starts on Friday and ends Saturday evening. The action begin first thing in the morning and carries on through the evening – come anytime sunrise to sunset. Over the last few years, Swiss Days has implemented a shuttle system. This is one of the best ways to park and it’s only $5 – there is no such thing as front row parking – the closer you park to the square, the more money you will expect to pay. If you plan on staying the weekend, Soldier Sheepdog Classic is a great option for Sunday and Monday. Bring your lederhosen – they are definitely a thing during Swiss Days. Now you have all the information to make your Swiss Days experience GRAND!