Last year, we were able to witness the Alpfahrt, and having visited the Appenzeller Volkskunde Museum, I was able to do a little bit more research about the Alpfahrt. Translating the little pamphlet they had, inspecting the paintings and analysing the little models - I think I now know exactly how to build my own little model of a true Alpfahrt.
(Placemats from the Museum shop)
Models on display in the Musuem
The Alpfahrt follows a reasonably solid arrangement: first is the Goatboy, the Goat Girl and the goats, then comes three cows with bells and the First Son in Sunday dress, then followed by the second Son in Sunday dress. Next up are all the cows and they follow in lines together with the farmer who is usually their owner and finally at the back is the horse drawn cart and a Caretaker with the dairy and cheese dishes. And I noticed there is then always the farm's dog!
Pamphlet from the Museum
From this is I was able to develop my shopping list and start my Alpfahrt Collection.