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Wilhelm Tell Festival in New Glarus


August 29, 2019

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The annual Wilhelm Tell Celebration will be held on Labor Day Weekend in New Glarus. Everyone is invited to enjoy a full weekend of historic Swiss charm, including a children's Laternenzug (lantern parade), alphorns, yodel showcase, art show, book sales, live music, savory food and even a street dance.

Inspired by the vision of Edwin Barlow, a world traveler of the early 1900's with New Glarus roots, the Wilhelm Tell pageant has been proudly presented on Labor Day Weekend since 1938 by New Glarus residents.

The Festival will kick off on Friday, August 30, at 6:30 p.m., with a free concert at the New Glarus Fest Haus. Performers include:

Kinderchor Concert – New Glarus youth sing time-honored Swiss folk songs for your listening pleasure.

Swiss Miss Dancers, who perform during the Wilhelm Tell Play will demonstrate their dancing skills.

Fahnenschwingen - Local youth perform traditional Swiss "flag throwing" under the direction of accordionist Damion Babler

Yodel Showcase – Youth and adult. The public is invited to sign up to sing and or yodel.

Immediately following the Yodel showcase will be the Laternenzug (Children's Lantern Parade). For the Lanternenzug, roads will be closed from 7:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.: Begins on 3rd Avenue in front of Fest Haus, west to 2nd Street, left on 2nd Street to 5th Avenue, left on 5th Avenue to Railroad Street, left on Railroad Street to 3rd Avenue, left on 3rd Avenue to Fest Haus.


On Saturday, at 1:00 p.m., the Wilhelm Tell play will be performed at the Tell Grounds, east of the village on CTH W.

At 5:30 p.m., the David Austin Band will play at Fest Haus.

At 7:00 p.m., the Alpine Festival, featuring the Mannerchor and the Jodelerclub, will perform at Fest Haus.

At 8:30 p.m., a "Street Dance" with DJ Ben will be held at Fest Haus.


On Sunday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., is Art In the Park in the Village Park.

From 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., in the New Glarus Village Hall will be the Friends of the New Glarus Library Book sale in the Community Room.

From 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., the Swiss UCC Book Expo takes place.

At 1:00 p.m., will be the performance of the Wilhelm Tell Play at the Wilhelm Tell Grounds.

All weekend long, enjoy the great food, beer and shopping in New Glarus.


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