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Combats de Reines

3961 Ayer, Switzerland
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Switzerland's 'Battle of the Queens' Ayer  Switzerland

Switzerland's 'Battle of the Queens'

The annual competition between Switzerland's fighting cows is a spring-through-summer spectacle in the high mountain valleys of Canton Valais. The bouts begin on crisp days, with snow still dusting the lower mountain peaks. Regional elimination heats are held from the end of March, culminating in the crowning of the queen at the cantonal final in Aproz in late April or early May.

In June, fights take place on high mountain meadows, as the cows head up to summer pastures. Each October, rodeo-style duels are held in Martigny’s Roman amphitheatre during the annual Foire du Valais exposition. Autumn harvest festivals in the Valais can also feature a day of cow fights.

Have you seen Switzerland's fighting cows in action?