Volksfest


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Volksfest

First Sunday in August
Founded in 1845 by immigrants from the Swiss canton of Glaurus, the town of New Glarus, Wisconsin, continued to attract Swiss immigrants over the years. Today it celebrates this cultural heritage in its yearly Volksfest and Heidi Festival. The Volksfest Festival honors Swiss National Day, which takes place on August 1. The citizens of New Glarus have switched the day of their observance to the first Sunday in August, however. Festivities take place in Tell Shooting Park, one-half mile north of town. They include performances of Swiss music by various choral groups, yodeling, thalerschwingen and accordion music, Swiss folk dancing, and flag throwing. Frequently a representative from the Swiss Embassy or Swiss government will attend as an honored speaker.
CONTACTS:
New Glarus Chamber of Commerce
418 Railroad St.
New Glarus, WI 53574
800-527-6838 or 608-527-2095; fax: 608-527-4991
www.swisstown.com
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