From July 17-20, up to 600 people will head to the 26th Annual Swiss Singing and Yodeling Festival in Portland, Oregon, where theyll yodel traditional tunes like Baerenbiet and Demuni-jodel in one of the four national languages German, French, Italian, or Romansch.
Theres no contest or prize for the sweetest Swiss singer instead, festival president Bob Ulrich says the only formal part of the party is the way the singers suit up.
Singing fellas will be decked out in traditional Swiss garb, including short-sleeved, black velvet jackets with embroidered Edelweiss flowers, while the women wear long black and white dresses with puffy sleeves.
Ulrich says, Itll definitely look and feel like youre in Switzerland.
While anyone is welcome at the festival, Ulrich says its not simple to become a stellar Swiss singer.
He says, You gotta be born with it.
Go to swissfest2008.asharperfocus.net for more info.
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