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Buebe Schwingfest invites the Valley to experience Swiss culture this Sunday

October 16, 2001|By DORA DEPAOLI, Staff Writer

HOLTVILLE — Family, friends and people interested in experiencing a little Swiss culture and hearing a bit of Schwyzer-Dutsch spoken are invited to attend the Buebe Schwingfest on Sunday.

Sponsored by the Swiss Club of Imperial Valley, the boys wrestling contest sign-ups are at 10:30 a.m.

George Morris is in charge of the "schwinging" portion, open to boys 6 to 17 years old. Judges include Butch Vogel, Ronnie Leimgruber and Ben Abatti Jr. Winning wrestlers receive trophies, medals and cash prizes.

Walter Enz, president of the Swiss Club, has a long tradition of service to the club. His paternal grandfather, the late Joseph Enz, was the founding president of the club in 1921. The late Clem Muller Sr., his maternal grandfather, was president about 20 years later. His father, the late Walter Enz Sr., and two uncles and two cousins also preceded him as president.

Enz encourages people to visit the Swiss Club to cheer the wrestlers and enjoy the bratwurst and "kase" macaroni lunch served from noon until 3 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for children.


Joe Muller, Ernie Strahm and Walter Britschgi will be cooking the tasty veal and pork sausages. Linda Britschgi will be fixing three roasters of unique Swiss-style macaroni. Linda Britschgi has been preparing food for Swiss Club functions for many years. Off and on for the past 15 years she has made the mouth-watering macaroni dishes topped with sautéed onions, butter and Swiss cheese. She uses about 15 pounds of Swiss cheese for her macaroni.

The Swiss Club band will entertain throughout the afternoon. Christina Vogel and Elsa Steiner will sing and yodel and Carl Rubin will play the alphorn.

Jay and Diana Gazzolo, owners of the Gazzolo Sausage Kitchen of San Bernardino, will have traditional and specialty sausages available. Young club members will be in charge of various game booths for children.

The Swiss Club is at 1585 E. Worthington Road.

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