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Estavayer-le-Lac to host 2016 Swiss Alpine Games

Estavayer-le-Lac in canton Fribourg has been chosen to host the Federal Wrestling and Alpine Games Festival in 2016.

This content was published on March 4, 2012 - 12:53
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The small town on the southern shore of Lake Neuchâtel fought off stiff competition from Geneva and Colombier, canton Neuchâtel, to claim the right to hold the popular three-day festival.

A total of 150 of the 200 delegates from the Swiss Alpine Wrestling Federation present in Aigle on Sunday voted for Estavayer-le-Lac.

The main event of the festival is Schwingen - the traditional Swiss sport of alpine wrestling . The winner is crowned the Schwinger King, takes home a young bull and other prizes, and enjoys a hero’s status.

Other traditional sports, such as Hornussen, a team event, and stone throwing, are showcased.

The festival has a budget of SFr20-25 million ($21-27 million). The last event in Frauenfeld attracted some 200,000 spectators. The 2013 games are due to take place in Burgdorf, canton Bern.

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