We arrived at the farm well in advance of the race leaving us plenty of time to explore. Not surprisingly, their decorations were made from members of the squash family.
|not exactly a player piano, but there was music coming from inside!|
|pumpkin iceberg with Titanic|
|one of the three frogs|
I wonder if anyone knows how many pumpkins (even to the nearest hundred) and other squash were for sale or used in the displays. It was impressive! We bought a few squash and a bottle of pumpkin seed oil.
|these look like geese!|
|there isn't only one color of spaghetti squash!|
They even had pumpkin flavored prosecco. Without free samples, we didn't buy any. Sounds a bit odd and frightening to me!
Sometime, probably while we were having lunch, the boats were taken down to the water. (another pretty spot in Switzerland) Eventually the paddlers arrived, each with a helper. Getting into the boats was no easy task!
|getting in without capsizing deserves a prize|
|rescue boat - just in case|
|on your mark,|
|race is underway|
|heading toward the finish line|
Last year we discovered the annual "Kuhrennen" (cow running or cow race) while Karen and Colleen were visiting us. With fabulous weather predicted, we opted to go again and bring some friends along to share in an amusing afternoon. We knew the scenery would not disappoint.
|cable car ride up to Flumserberg|
|I'm with Marisel, another American transplant|
|plenty of other folks came|
|Spectacular - does it get better than this?|
We took a short walk up for these views. It was fun to look down on the "race track".
This year's festivities included a parade of tractors. Why? Who knows?
These cows are innocently chewing away. Do you think they have any idea what is about to happen?
|this rider has a camera on her helmet!|
Some cows needed much more encouragement than others.
|Nope, I'm not doing that.|
This cow's rider gave up and got off - the cow walked in the opposite direction of the race! What a hoot!
After the race, we were treated to a short performance by some alphorn players. I still haven't had a chance to try one, but I hope to while we're here.
|Fred and Marisel|
It's nice to know that the Swiss don't always take themselves too seriously. Their special events make for very entertaining outings for us.