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Submitted by Lewis-Pacific Swiss Society

For centuries it has been the custom of the Swiss people in their homeland to have an annual gathering as this promotes sportsmanship and fellowship among the people. On July 1, 2, and 3 the Lewis-Pacific Swiss Society will be hosting their 57th Annual Schwingfest at the Swiss Hall located in beautiful Frances, WA.

The weekend will begin with a concert and dinner on Friday night by the Kapelle Blaser-Faver Orchestra. The concert will feature both traditional Swiss Music and music from Joe Blaser’s newest CD. Live music by Kapelle Blaser-Faver will be played throughout the weekend. Dinner will be served from 5 – 6:45 p.m. and the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. with a Swiss Dance to follow from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Photo courtesy: Lewis-Pacific Swiss Society

Saturday will feature the sport of Schwingen “Swiss Wrestling” starting at 11 a.m.

Contestants from the entire West Coast will compete wearing Schwingerhosen – special wrestling breeches made of canvas, on which holds are taken. The round is of five minutes duration unless a fall is achieved before this. The Grill will be open from 1 – 4:00 p.m. The Steinstossen “Stone Throw” competition will be held after Ausstich “Wrestling Finals” followed by dinner from 5 – 7 p.m. with a Swiss Dance and Awards Ceremony to follow.

Sunday will begin with a breakfast from 8 – 10 a.m. and an outdoor Catholic Mass at 10:30 a.m. The Buebeschwingfest gives the younger Schwingers ages 6-14 a chance to demonstrate their skills starting at 12 p.m. Ice Cream will be served by the Swiss Miss and a dance and awards will follow.

The L.P.S.S. is proud to offer this colorful sport and we hope that our hospitality and entertainment bring you back year after year. Great food, good fun to be had all weekend long in Frances. R.V. and Tent Camping Spaces Available.

“Come as a Stranger, Leave as a Friend”  For more information visit here.

SCHWINGFEST ADMISSION COST:

3-Day Adult Pass        $40
3-Day Youth Pass       $20
2-Day Adult Pass        $30
2-Day Youth Pass       $15
Friday Adult Pass       $15
Friday Youth Pass       $8
Saturday Adult Pass    $25
Saturday Youth Pass   $15
Sunday Adult Pass      $15
Sunday Youth Pass     $10

Youth = 12-17 years
Under 12 = Free

Schedule of Events

Friday, July 1st:

5-6:45 p.m. ………….. Dinner
7:30 p.m. ………. Blaser Concert
9 p.m.-1 a.m. ……. Dance

Saturday, July 2nd:

8 – 10 a.m. …… Breakfast
10 a.m. Schwinger Registration
11 a.m. …. Wrestling begins
1-4 p.m. …. Grill is open
Music throughout the afternoon
1:30-2:30 p.m. ….. Lunch Break
Wrestling Semi-Finals 5 p.m. Wrestling Finals (Ausstich)
Steinstossen (Stone Throw) to follow
5-7 p.m. ………….. Dinner
8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. ……. Dance
9:30 p.m. ……………….. Crowns

Sunday, July 3rd:

8 – 10 a.m. …… Breakfast
10:30 a.m. ……… Catholic Mass
12:15 p.m. Schwinger Registration
12:45 p.m. .. Buebeschwingfest
12:15 p.m. … Grill is open…Ice Cream served by Swiss Miss Awards & Dance to follow

 Overnight Accommodations for Schwingfest:

Swiss Park Grounds

On-site tent or RV camping is available with or without hookups.
Hook-ups: $20 per night
Non-hook-up/tents: $10 per night
*Reduced rates apply to this weekend only with the purchase of an event pass

Falls Creek Lodge

Less than a mile. Call 1.888.934.9555 for reservations and rates.

Pitchwood Alehouse Inn
Approx. 16 miles/20 min.
rooms@pitchwoodalehouse.com 360.942.5313

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