Korbin Wyssen plays the alpenhorn at LeBourdais Park Aug. 1 during Swiss Day in the Park. Lindsay Chung photo

Celebrating Swiss National Day in Quesnel

A 100-year-old Swiss school uniform, handmade alpenhorn and cowbells were on display

The sound of the alpenhorn was loud and clear last Thursday (Aug. 1), as members of the community celebrated Swiss Day in the Park at LeBourdais Park.

Fritz Wyssen organized Swiss Day in the Park in the hopes of bringing together people with Swiss heritage or an interest in Swiss culture. His children have just come back from Swiss camp in Washington, and Aug. 1 is Swiss National Day.

Wyssen’s display included a hand-made alpenhorn from Switzerland, different Swiss games and crafts, vintage antiques, a school uniform worn by his father that he believes is about 100 years old, Swiss cowbells and cheese samples from La Belle Vallée Fromagerie, which Wyssen says is the closest thing he’s had here to the cheese he loves in Switzerland.

Wyssen said it was great to connect with people at the park.

“It was really nice to make contact with some of the others,” he said. “Everyone brings something over, and we can share stories.”

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