Get Your Oompah On

36th annual Muenster Germanfest cranks up this weekend

by Bruce Felps

The small town of Muenster, Texas, grows to about 20 times its normal population this weekend.

Organizers of the annual Germanfest, now in its 36th year, expect about 30,000 visitors during the three-day beer-and-brat throwdown.

The event runs 4 p.m.-midnight tonight, 10 a.m.-midnight April 30, and 10 a.m.-8 p.m., May 1. Admission costs $6 Friday and Sunday, and $10 Saturday.

Don’t worry about a street address. It’s in Muenster, population 1,500. Get to town and you’ll find it.

Once you do find it, you’ll also find German food aplenty, German music aplentier, German beer aplentiest along with kids activities, bike rallies, a foot race — just so many bathrooms to go around, you know — a barbeque cook-off, a nagelshlagen, and a wringen meisterschaft.

Oh, those last two things translate, loosely, to “spike hammering contest” and “wrestling tournament,” respectively and respectfully.

Lederhosen are optional.

Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He likes him some Spaten Optimator.

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