Village of 3000 Tents at Swiss Festival (partially destroyed by storm)

These images reveal a strange story out of Switzerland this past weekend, where a large gymnastics festival required a massive temporary village to be built comprised of 3,000 tents.

Wenger provided the 3-person tents, and they were arranged symmetrically in a display for show.

Wenger tents all in a row

The tents were to be used as housing for some of the tens of thousands of gymnasts who attend the Eidgenössisches Turnfest. That was until a major storm moved in, flattening tents and causing a mass evacuation from the site in Biel, Switzerland.

A storm ravaged the camp

But the fest starts up again today and runs through the weekend. Wenger put its mega-campsite back together again, and now gymnasts from around Europe can sleep.

—Stephen Regenold

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Stephen Regenold is Founder and Editor-In-Chief of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for nearly two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of four small kids, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.