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Thousands gather for world's largest alphorn festival

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07-29-2014 00:26 BJT

Switzerland's Mount Tracouet is hosting the world's largest alphorn festival. The annual event attracts players of the traditional wooden instrument from all over the world.

More than 3,000 people are braving the heights of Switzerland's Mount Tracouet for the world's largest alphorn festival, and 150 players are taking part in the 13th edition of the event.

The festival celebrates the wooden instrument, which was originally used by shepherds to gather herds in the mountains from the 16th century on.

A French player has been coming to the festival every year for the past nine years, having bought his first alphorn in 2005.

Guest of honor at this year's festival is Romania. Romania’s traditional "tulnic" resembles an alphorn without the final upward curve. Romanian player Argentina Floca has played the instrument since her youth. She says that she enjoys the international opportunities the festival offers.

Tourists follow the call of the traditional instrument to join alphorn enthusiasts on the mountainside, despite the misty weather.The festival will run for three days and will include an alphorn contest. It provides a boom for tourism in the tiny city of Nendaz.

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