Lonely Planet author Nicola Williams resides in the border region between Switzerland and France. In the Summer months, they engage in traditional festivals that run the gamut of testosterone-driven to plain odd. The Ch?efladef?sch at Riedalp is a cow pat festival that involves smashing piles of excrement and looking for prizes. The Schwingen Festival in Affoltern im Emmental is a little like Swiss sumo and the Bukolik Free-ride involves humans screaming down-hill on various un-motorised wheels.
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