Knabenschiessen in Zurich (ZH)

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Livespotting - Zürich, Uetliberg

Second weekend in September
Saturday to Monday

On the second weekend in September each year, about 4'000 Zurich boys, ages 12 to 16, (and since 1991 girls too) take part in a marksmanship contest. They use a modern rifle like the one they will later be issued in the army. The winner, who generally is picked in an elimination round on Monday, is named King of the Marksmen and holds the spotlight for a day.

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About a third of the competitors may select prizes, which have been donated by Zurich firms and private individuals, on the basis of points scored. For a few days (Saturday to Monday), the region around the Albisgüetli butts to the southwest of the city becomes an amusement park said to be the biggest in Switzerland. There are booths and stalls of every kind, rides, and other attractions favored by the large number of visitors.

The custom dates back to the seventeenth century, when all boys were required to practice their shooting during the summer holidays. The final marksmanship contest served as a type of examination. Later on, the compulsory event was modified to voluntary cadet training. Since 1920, the Riflemen's Association of Zurich has hosted this traditional shoot.

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