Knabenschiessen (Zurich, Switzerland)
Knabenschiessen is a Swiss public holiday that began in 1889. All boys between the ages of 13 to 17 were required to practice their shooting skills. It takes place the second weekend in September. It was organized to advertise the benefits of joining the Swiss Army and since 1920, the event has been hosted by the Riflemen’s Association of Zurich. In 1991, girls were allowed to enter into the competition thanks to waning interest and changing attitudes. The first girl to win was Rachel Goldschmid in 1997. All teens who reside or are enrolled in Zurich schools are allowed to enter and use a SIG SG 550 Swiss Army rifle to shoot at targets. The contestant with the best score is named “Schutzenkonig” (marksmen king). The shooting competition is held in the center of a huge fair that has amusement rides and food booths.