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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