The Swiss Wrestling and Alpine Festival (ESAF) in Zug was a magnificent event.
Christian Stucki made exactly the same choice. Rather than the bull calf Kolin – which would only have trampled his lawn, Stucki answered when asked – Christian chose the cash prize of CHF 30,000. Joel Wicki too preferred his hard-earned CHF 24,000 than with Greth the cow.
But one thing at a time. The local team in Zug yesterday began dismantling the arena that took them 10 weeks to set up, and which boasts the world’s largest mobile grandstand. While they are busy with this task, we can review the events of the past ESAF weekend. This blog post is a report on the fantastic atmosphere at the ESAF, how well everything was organized, and how the event went for the Leister team. Silke Landtwing made her Swiss wrestling début for Leister at the ESAF. She shares some of her thoughts and impressions with you here.
The fervor among the wrestling fans in the arena is almost impossible to describe in words. So we best let pictures do the talking. In the following video, you can see one of many Mexican waves that the fans created while cheering on the wrestlers.
Swiss folk music is all around; either from the band or – even better – when the «Büetzer Buebe» Gölä & Trauffer make a musical appearance in the arena. More than 1,000 people attend the impressive opening ceremony, which brings tears to the eyes of more than a few visitors, or at least makes their hair stand on end.
The wrestling fans also leave the campsite as clean and tidy as they found it. Anyone who has ever cleaned up after an open-air concert knows how unusual that is. And whenever something is left behind, one of the many hard-working «Chrampfer» are on hand to make sure it disappears into the proper trash bin.