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Country's biggest autumn fair opens

Switzerland's largest and oldest autumn fair opened on Saturday in Basel.

It has been a major event in the region ever since the trade fair privilege was granted by Emperor Friedrich III in 1471.

The two-week event started with a traditional ceremony, in which bells rang out at midday.

There are 477 stands and rides, including a 60-metre-high big wheel in the Münsterplatz. Also being held are an autumn goods and a wine fair. and agencies