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Herdsman's Audit Adelboden

Where cattle grazing plots are haggled

On 7 June 2019, the herdsmen bargain for the last remaining grazing pastures for the alpine summer and the children beg their parents for some pocket money.

Adelboden's mountains have been divided into grazing pastures for as long as anyone can remember. Each mountain has sufficient grazing for a given number of cows. But as the number of cows belonging to a farmer varies from year to year, there remain a few unallocated pastures before the annual procession up to higher ground. The purpose of the Herdsman's Audit is to bargain for these.

A large farmers' market is held along the town's Dorfstrasse, where all the necessary items for a mountain summer are bought and sold. At the end of June, duly equipped, the farmers once more lead their cattle to the highlying pastures.

The colourful Spring Market in Adelboden is a not-to-be-missed event for locals and visitors alike.

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End of June 2018

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