Why not put a little gemutlichkeit into your weekend at the 35th annual Germanfest in Muenster, Texas? Sample some fabulous ethnic German cuisine, including tasty German sausages, scrumptious strudel and gorgeous German cheeses. Grab a beer and join the expected 20,000 festival goers in toasting Muenster's German heritage at Germanfest, April 23 through 25 in the North Texas town of Muenster.
If you're worried you won't be able to work off that wurst dancing to the oompah bands or climbing the rock wall, the annual Germanfest Fun Run starts Sunday, April 25 at noon. Race day registration starts at 10:30 am at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Muenster. The first 1000 participants will receive a free t-shirt, free entrance into the Germanfest grounds and 2 free beer or soda tickets to use at the festival after the race.
Muenster's Germanfest promises tons of fun for the whole family. Watch out for the mimes while you enjoy the entertaining magicians, clowns and storytellers roaming the Germanfest grounds. Children will love the Karneval and Kinder Theater, and kids of all ages will enjoy the music, dancing, arts and crafts, folk dancing, and two stages with non-stop entertainment.
Or check out the traditional German contest called Nagelshlagen: Contestants take turns pounding a spike into a tree stump; the contestant who does it with the fewest number of hits wins. Compete yourself, or be content to grab a beer and German sausage and settle in to watch the action. Either way, the Nagelshlagen is a Germanfest tradition that should not be missed. Other annual Germanfest events include a Barbecue cookoff and a bike rally, both on Saturday.
The small North Texas town of Muenster was founded in 1889 by German Catholic immigrants. Every year on the last full weekend in April, the residents of Muenster celebrate the culture and cuisine of Germany and their wonderful, close-knit community with Germanfest. Muenster is located about an hour north of the Dallas Metroplex. Germanfest runs today until 12 midnight and Sunday from 10 am to 8 pm. Admission is $6. For more information, see this informative article from the Dallas Culture & Events Examiner. Muenster's Germanfest website.
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