Swiss muscles vie for Highland Games glory

by Malcolm Curtis|The Local, Switzerland|August 24, 2012

Tossing the caber and blowing the bagpipes while cavorting in kilts may seem like incongruous activities in the heart of Switzerland, but they’re all part of an annual ritual in St. Ursen.

For the tenth year in a row, the strongest lads and lassies and the bonniest musicians are assembling this weekend in the German-speaking town in the canton of Fribourg for the Swiss championships of the “wùy-ù-ay” Highland Games.

Contestants will vie for honours in athletic events involving throwing tree trunks and stones weighing more than 15 kilograms, as well as musical and dancing contests.

This year, 46 men and seven women will be competing in athletic events in four traditional disciplines, according to organizers.

The disciplines include putting the stone, tossing the caber and weight for height and weight for distance strength tests.

In music competitions, 74 pipers and drummers are taking part, along with five pipe bands.

Dancing and concerts with Swiss and British groups will kick off the event on Friday night.

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