Guttenberg celebrates its heritage at annual Germanfest this weekend
By Shelia Tomkins
Guttenberg will celebrate its German heritage during its 23nd annual Germanfest celebration which begins Friday evening, Sept. 20, and continues throughout the day on Saturday, Sept. 21. This year’s line-up of musical entertainment is exceptional from beginning to end.
This year’s event will kick off with a meal featuring roast pork; serving starts at 5:00 p.m. in the festival tent located in downtown Guttenberg. From 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., enjoy live Polka music by “Barefoot Becky and the Ivanhoe Dutchmen.”
Don’t miss the large open air market which begins late Friday afternoon and continues throughout Saturday. It will feature many art & craft vendors with unique offerings.
Saturday morning events include a 5K walk/run sponsored by Guttenberg Municipal Hospital for men, women and children. Registration is from 7:45 - 8:15 a.m. in the east parking lot of the hospital, 200 Main Street.
The Guttenberg German Band is the centerpiece of musical entertainment Saturday. The local group initiated the first Germanfest in 1990. They will play at scheduled times throughout the day.
Other musical entertainment includes Lyle Beaver, UNI Folk Dancers, The Silbertaler Trio, Dubuque Cloggers, Renegade Cloggers, the Clayton Ridge State Championship Drill Team, The Lovehandles and more.
Saturday evening’s headliner is “Street Talk,” featuring classic sounds of the 70s and 80s including rock, country and pop, with lead singer Adam Beck taking the stage at 7:00 p.m.
The celebration will have some new features as well as favorites from previous years. Princess Heidi and her Opa and Oma (grandpa and grandma) will circulate throughout the crowd that day. Don’t miss the Wiener Dog Dash and other family fun activities. Horse and Carriage Rides will be available through historic Guttenberg on Friday and Saturday, weather permitting. Youngsters will enjoy inflatables, kiddie train and other activities.
The “You Be the Judge” Beer and Winemaking Contest will be held from 12:00 noon until 4:00 p.m. Festival-goers may purchase a ticket for the afternoon of tasting for $5. A brat-eating contest will take place at 2:30 p.m.
The main festival tent will offer Domestic and German beers, including the same authentic beers served at Oktoberfest in Munich. Visitors can count on a variety of German and American food and beverages offered by participating restaurants and vendors.
Be sure to visit the information booth the day of the festival for time schedules and more information on activities.
Germanfest has a website: www.germanfestinguttenberg.com. Check it out to learn more about this year’s celebration, or find it on Facebook at Guttenberg Germanfest.
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