Swiss Picnic in Frances

Larry and I rode the Counterpoint tandem 7 miles up the road to Frances to the Swiss Picnic at Swiss Park. There were campers, locals, a couple of vendors, a couple hundred people,  and at the center of it all, a 3-generation polka band (Bass, piano, accordion and clarinet) on the little stage, and where the dance floor ought to be was a big pile of sawdust. Wrestlers (schwingers) donned heavy canvas shorts over their clothes and wrestled while the band played on. The winner would brush the sawdust off the loser on the way out of the ‘ring.’ Lots of kids running around, river to cool off in, picnic tables, food, and in the evening the big dance. I was glad to find myself in a place almost like Europe on the 4th of July.

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