Alpenfest attendees watch their worries go up in flames
It's a tradition that goes back 50 years in Gaylord - and helps the people who live there relieve some stress. The annual Burning of the Boogg serves as an official start to the annual Alpenfest.
The Boogg is essentially a giant wooden skeleton wrapped in paper and cloth. Festival attendees are encouraged to jot down their worries on tiny slips of paper and place them inside the highly flammable exoskeleton. With the touch of a torch, the entire Boogg, worries and all goes up in flames, and with that attendees hope their worries drift away with the smoke.
It's not just a tradition in Gaylord though. As John Jenkins, a director with the Alpenfest explains, it's a centuries old Swiss tradition. He says for generations "they'd write their troubles on a piece of paper and put it in the old snowman and burned it and all their troubles went away."
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Alpenfest. Events continue all the way through Saturday.