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Volksfest on tap for Sunday
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NEW GLARUS - This year Switzerland is 720 years old, and the Swiss Village of New Glarus is prepared to fill the air with music Sunday at the Tell Shooting Park.

The Volksfest program includes Swiss choral folklore music, yodeling, flag throwing, thalerschwingen, Alphorn playing and accordion music.

The New Glarus Maennerchor is the official sponsor of the event.

New Glarus traditionally holds the Volksfest on the first Sunday in August; the Swiss celebrate their national independence day on Aug. 1, the day three Alpine cantons swore an oath of confederation in 1291.

In New Glarus, in tribute to traditions Swiss settlers brought to Wisconsin in 1845, residents will celebrate Swiss Independence Day with performances by Maennerchor New Glarus; Monroe Swiss Singers; New Glarus Yodel Club; New Glarus Kinderchor; Kaye Gmur and Nancy Streiff; Junior Maypole Dancers; and the Mike Austin Band.

Members of the New Glarus Yodel Club have just returned from providing authentic Swiss entertainment Aug. 1 at Swiss National Day in Chicago.

The New Glarus Volksfest program runs from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, followed by dancing until 6 p.m. Tell Shooting Park is located one-half mile north of New Glarus on County O. Tickets are available at the gate only. Adult tickets are $7 for adults and $1 for children. The park opens at noon.