Texas Hospitality with a German Flavor

The North Texas community of Muenster celebrates German customs with southern hospitality by hosting the 38th annual Germanfest from noon to midnight, April 26, 10 a.m. to midnight April 27, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 28. The festival, sponsored by the Muenster Chamber of Commerce, offers fun, food and frolic catering to the entire family.

Headline entertainers throughout the weekend includes Diamond Rio, Brave Combo, Alpenmusikanten, Alpenfest of Houston, Hard Night’s Day and Side Street Circus. Competitive events include timed running races, a bicycle rally, a BBQ Cook-Off, a German competition called Nagelschlagen, in which a nail spike is hammered into a stump with the least number of hits, and the Bell Ringer, Ball Toss and Wall Climbing contests.

Family activities include live music and entertainment, mimes, magicians, balloon sculptures, clowns and storytellers, carnival rides, a Kinder Theater for the children, dancing, arts and crafts, a rock-climbing wall and folk dancers. Authentic German beer and sausage, apple strudel, hearty cheeses, homemade European bread, cakes and pies will be available.

Admission is $6-$8, with kids 8 and under free. Free entry to anyone dressed in complete ethnic German costume.

Location: U.S. Highway 82 West, 12 miles from I-35 (70 miles north of DFW Metroplex), Muenster. For more information and schedule of events, call 940-759-2227 or visit Germanfest.net.

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