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
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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