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Haul Out the Sausage. Wurstfest Begins.

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If everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, then everyone must be German during Wurstfest.

So, get out your lederhosen and your Tyrolean mountain climber’s hat, because the fun begins this evening. For 10 days, the party goes on with sausage and other snacks as well as polka bands and fun for the whole family. Oh, yeah, and a beer or two will be poured. You can count on that.

This is the 51st year of the festival, which has drawn hundreds of thousands to New Braunfels’ Landa Park through the years.

The kickoff is at 5 p.m. this evening with a brief ceremony that includes the biting of the first sausage and the tapping of the keg. Wunderbar.

On the menu will be Kartoffelpuffer (potato pancakes), potato soup, bratwurst, wurst tacos, chicken-on-a-stick and sausage sampler plates. Desserts include strudel, of course, as well as funnel cakes and fried Oreos.

According to a history of the event from the planners’ website, it began as a one-day affair called Sausage Festival and was designed to showcase the work of the local sausage makers. It was such a hit that it quickly evolved into Wurst Week before being christened Wurstfest.

Soon, tens of thousands of pounds of sausage were being consumed, while the bands played on. The year 1968 brought the first celebrity musician:  Myron Floren of the Lawrence Welk show put in appearance. Floren put in another appearance during the 25th anniversary celebration.

This year’s music lineup includes the famous Jimmy Sturr Orchestra as well as Alex Meixner, die Schlauberger, Master Yodeler Kerry Christensen and The Squeezebox. Die Bayrische 7 (The Bavarian 7), an all-girl group, will be traveling from Munich to perform.

Other events in town during Wurstfest include the Wurst Tour de Gruene, Wurstfest Regatta at Canyon Lake, the Wurstfest 10K Walk and the Wurstfest Skat Tournament at Landa Haus. A Veterans Day ceremony is also planned for Nov. 11, the closing day.

Admission at the gate is $8 for adults; children 12 and younger are free. Call (800) 221-4369 for information or click here.

 

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