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Swiss flag-throwing classes to be held
A long-standing tradition in New Glarus, flag throwing dates to the Middle Ages. Students from the spring 2016 class, from left, are Ethan Towne, Carson Wenger, Emma Towne, Tyler Lueschow, Eli Zimmerman and Brock Lueschow. (Photo supplied)
NEW GLARUS - The Swiss Center of North America will be sponsoring another youth flag-throwing class this spring. Flag-tossing or flag-throwing in Switzerland involves swinging a flag of a prescribed size and shape back and forth on a short staff and then throwing it into the air and catching it by the staff as it comes down.

In the Middle Ages, it was a privilege of urban guilds. It was brought back to Switzerland by Swiss mercenaries who had been serving in foreign European armies. Since 1914, flag-tossing has been a discipline promoted by the Swiss Yodeling Association and has around 50 different sanctioned throws.

Flag-throwing has a long-standing tradition in New Glarus and this class passes it on to the next generation of flag-throwers.

The class will be eight sessions long and will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays from March 6 through May 1 at the New Glarus Middle School multipurpose room. The class is open to youth from Green County who are between 13 and 18 years of age.

The flag and staff will be provided for each student. Contact Damion Babler at 608-862-3306 to register children.