Volksfest and Strassenfest German heritage festivals to begin today

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Two major German heritage festivals kick off on Thursday in Evansville and Jasper. Photos courtesy Facebook.

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) — Now that most area county fairs have ended, it’s time to start celebrating the tri-state’s German heritage.

Two major festivals kick off on Thursday in Evansville and Jasper.

Both events feature lots of German tradition, food and beverages.

In Evansville, it’s the 58th annual Volksfest, put on by the Germania Maennerchor.

It runs through Saturday.

Special events at Volksfest include:

Saturday:

The Fourth Annual ‘Brat Trot 5k’ begins at 8:00 a.m.

Special entertainment for children at 11:00 a.m. includes a free children’s meal.

German dress contest and games.

Further north, Strassenfest gets underway in Jasper, and continues through Sunday.

A list of Strassenfest activities include:

Thursday:

Exhibits open of complete sets of Strassenfest mugs, buttons and programs.

Friday:

Old German script translations the public’s German script items provided by Marilyn Nathan.

Exhibit of German Immigration to Dubois County, and an exhibit of Military-Civil War through the Cold War 1945-1991.

Saturday:

German Jewels on display at the Dubois County Museum; special artifacts of the Museum that are of German provenance or influence.

Former Army Chaplain Fr. Micheas Langston, O.S.B. speaks on “I Was There When the Wall Fell.”

Sunday:

The Strassenfest Parade.

Click here for the Germania Maennerchor website.

Click here for the Jasper Strassenfest website.

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(This story was originally published on August 1, 2019)

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