Thursday, November 18, 2010

Wurstfest 2010 -- 50th Anniversary

I've been trying for a couple of weeks to share this year's New Braunfels  Wurstfest with you.

This year's celebration was the 50th anniversary, complete with visits from German sister-city residents, contests, a fun run, sailing regatta, melodrama and more.


Not everyone eats smoked sausage (even sausage made from a proven 128 year old recipe), drinks beer (even good German beer on tap) or grooves to accordion-centric polka.  (Do the words 'groove' and 'polka' even fit in the same sentence?)

But if all the pieces came together on a beautiful evening, I bet you'd give it a try.
We had fun.  People wear getups that in any other setting would be considered Halloween costumes.

There's a strong poultry theme, probably related to the chicken dance, beloved of two year olds and the beer-sotted.
A night at Wurstfest offers the chance to drink beer with friends, sway in unison to the oompah and forget whatever needs forgetting until tomorrow.

I thought Denny and I might have had even more fun if we'd polka'd round the dance floor...although Denny says public humiliation is seldom entertaining to the participants...Maybe I'll find a Learn the Polka video before next year.  Or we could just drink more first.

For your own peek at Wurstfest in Das Grosse Zelt, here is 55 seconds--seeing grandma do the uber-polka at the end is worth the wait. 

Next year's Wurstfest is November 4-13, 2011. Don't say I didn't give you notice.

Ein, swei, g'suffa!

By the way, Denny posted his view of Wurstfest here. And I'd thought his main interest in Wurstfest was the sausage...

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  1. ...der Gemutlichkeit!

    We've been to Wurstfest many times. We missed this year. But, there's always next time.

    It's always fun, even if you just 'people watch'.


  2. Dancing, shmancing...just give me some brats and beer! (note the plural - I promise to do some extra mountain biking) Looks like fun, but totally different from what we do in NM.

  3. Sounds like great fun -- especially the sausages and beer!

  4. Great post! I felt like I was there again!

  5. Sausage on a stick, good or bad beer and the polka? Can life get any more wonderful?

  6. It's been a few years since we've gone to Oktoberfest celebrations..
    my BIL is German and one year he made a point to visit back home during the beer tent crazy.

  7. Hi Kathleen,
    Thanks for your post. I enjoyed reading it and looking at the pics a lot, especially as I managed to miss it again this year. :-( Actually, we managed to get there on a Thursday at around 2 p.m. [after I had had an appointment in San Antonio at 10:15], but we hadn't realized that things would not start before 5 p.m. We didn't really want to wait and thus we simply proceeded to have a great lunch at "Oma's Haus Restaurant" and then went home. Well, there's always a next time, isn't it.
    Best regards from Karnes City,
    P.S.: I've finally got around to uploading my Fredericksburg pics to my personal blog.


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