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The Lewis-Pacific Swiss Society celebrates its 50th Schwingfest July 5-7

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 As always, contestants from the entire West Coast will compete and a large turnout is expected this year, so stop in and cheer for our local boys. Thanks to some generous donations, the LPSS will be awarding a first place prize of $1,000. We will also be awarding a 50th anniversary t-shirt, and additional prize money to all participating wrestlers.

To celebrate the 50th year, there’s even more in store. A Schwingen Clinic on Friday night that is open to all will provide in depth lessons about the sport of Swiss wrestling. Friday night’s concert will feature Shelby Imholt and Werner Blaser with live accordion and yodeling. Werner Blaser has graced the LPSS with his yodeling and music for many years and we are pleased to have him with us for this 50th celebration. Shelby Aeppli Imholt grew up singing and yodeling Swiss music with her father from Zurich and is a featured yodeler with the Helvetia-Alpengluehn Singing Society of Portland, Oregon. In 2010 Shelby performed at the International School in Bern, Switzerland. After the concert, join in dancing to live Swiss Polka music with the Blaser Band.

Saturday starts off with Junior and Senior Schwingen competitions. In between rounds, the LPSS will be recognizing schwingers and crown girls that participated in the first Schwingfest in 1964 and all schwingers who participated throughout these 50 years. Live Swiss music will be played throughout the afternoon and the grill and beer garden will be open. The Steinstossen - Stone Throw- competition will be held after the Ausstich (wrestling finals) followed by dinner and a dance to live Swiss music featuring the Blaser Band. And if you find your Polka needs a little work, stop in for dance lessons before the Saturday dance. The schwingen winners will be awarded crowns imported from Switzerland and presented to them from beautiful crown girls at the dance.

The Buebeschwingfest – Swiss wrestling contest for the younger Schwingers ages 6-14 – takes place on Sunday. The Swiss Miss will serve Ice Cream in the afternoon and a dance and awards will follow.

A wall of memories will also be a feature of this year’s celebration. If you have any photos of past Schwingfests that you would be willing to donate to the club, please bring them to the event. The display will allow attendees to write captions about the people in the photos or any memories they may have below each picture. These pictures and captions will be collected and compiled into a historical record of the first fifty years of this Schwingfest.  In addition, thanks to the artistic talent of Walt Christen, a replica of the LPSS Schwingen flag originally donated by the Huber family will be unveiled and hung over the wrestling ring.

As we do every year, we will be awarding traditional Swiss crowns to the top senior wrestlers and traditional Swiss bells to the top juniors and buebeschwingers (youth wrestlers ages 6-14). Each year we also award an Schoenschwinger in each group. This award is given to “the best style wrestler of the day”. This award encompasses many attributes including skill, effort, and sportsmanship carries with it a great deal of pride. A panel of well-respected former wrestlers selects the winner.

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. Here’s to another 50 years! 

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

Schedule of Events:

Friday, July 5th:

5:30-7:30 p.m., Schwingen Clinic

5:30-7 p.m., Dinner

8:00-9:15 p.m., Concert

9:30 p.m.-2 a.m., Dance

Saturday, July 6th:

8- 10 a.m., Breakfast

10 a.m., Schwinger Registration

11 a.m., Wrestling begins

12-4p.m., Grill is open

Music throughout the afternoon

1:30-2:30 p.m., Lunch Break

Wrestling Semi-Finals

4-5 p.m., 1964 Schwingers

5 p.m., Wrestling Finals (Ausstich)

Steinstossen (Stone Throw) to follow

5-7 p.m., Dinner

7 p.m., Dance Lessons

8:30 p.m.-2 a.m., Dance

9:30 p.m., Crowns

Sunday, July 7th:

8-10 a.m. Breakfast

10:30 a.m., Catholic Mass

11:30 a.m., Schwinger Registration

12:00 p.m. Buebeschwingfest

12 p.m., Grill is open

Afternoon, Ice Cream served by Swiss Miss; Awards and Dance to follow.

Overnight accommodations include:

Onsite tent or RV camping with or without hookups; Tents/Non-hookups - $8/night; Hookups - $15/night;

Falls Creek Lodge – approx. 1 mile from the Swiss Park;

Contact Betty Jo Blaser  at 360-748-4887 for reservations and rates.

Seaquest Motel, South Bend, approx. 21 miles west of Swiss Park, 875-5349 or 888-399-9955,


Event passes are available for $25 for adults, $13 for ages 12-17. Daily admission is also available on Friday $10 for adults, $5 for ages 12-17, Saturday $15 for adults, $8 ages 12-17, and Sunday $5 for adults, $3 for ages 12-17. Children under 12 are free all weekend.

For the list of wrestlers, go to and click on sports, Schwingfest wrestlers.

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