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I.V. Swiss Club hosting Schwingfest on Saturday

March 19, 2001|By DORA DEPAOLI, Staff Writer

HOLTVILLE — The Imperial Valley Swiss Club will host the annual West Coast championship of Swiss-style wrestling at its Spring Schwingfest on Saturday at the clubhouse at 1585 E. Worthington Road.

Gates will open at 10 a.m. Wrestling is scheduled to begin at 10:30 and last until about 4 p.m. There is a $5 entry fee, which will go toward prizes for the wrestlers.

Walter Enz, club president, said wrestlers will be participating from "up and down the coast."

A former wrestling champ from Switzerland is expected to compete.

George Morris is in charge of the wrestling. He will be assisted by Ben Abatti Jr., Ben Furrer, Ronnie Leimgruber and Butch Vogel.

Enz, a third-generation Swiss, is the grandson of the late Joseph Enz, the first president of the fledgling Swiss Club in the early 1920s. His father, the late Walter Enz Sr., was club president in the 1960s.


A barbecue dinner will be served from 12 to 3 p.m. with prices for children's meals at $3 and adult meals at $6.

Christina Vogel is in charge of a dessert booth featuring homemade treats. Vogel will provide traditional Swiss cultural entertainment, including flag twirling, coin twirling in a bowl and yodeling with Elsa Steine and Carl and Katherine Rubin. Claudia Mercado of La Paz, Baja California, a house guest of Vogel's, has been recruited to join the group for the day.

Vogel is encouraging visitors to wear Swiss attire Saturday. If anyone has costumes they are no longer using and would like to share, they are invited to call her at 352-7002.

Amy Bingelli is organizing the popular game booth area for children. Jay and Diana Gazzolo of San Bernardino will offer a variety of sausages from the Gazzolo Sausage Kitchen. Swiss music on compact discs and tapes and Swiss spices will be available at the Touch of Switzerland booth.

The Swiss Club Band, under the direction of John Briggs, will perform throughout the day. Carl Rubin, the president of the band, will play his alphorn.

The Hans Wirz Tour Group from Switzerland will be on hand to enjoy the festivities. Mr. Wirz, an enthusiastic supporter of the local club, has donated a Swiss cow bell as a prize for the top wrestler.

Saturday night a tri-tip dinner will be served for $10 a plate. Bill and Margie Stacey are in charge of the dinner. The Frank Beeler Orchestra from San Diego will play for the dance. During the evening the winning wrestlers will be presented their "schwinging" awards.

The club's annual golf tournament, the Swiss Open, will be staged Sunday morning at Lakeview Golf Course near Seeley. For more information about the tournament call Mike and Susan Omlin at 356-5335.

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