The Dachshund Derby at 1 p.m. Sunday is one of the
highlights of German Fest, which begins Friday at the
Henry Maier Festival Grounds in Milwaukee.
MILWAUKEE - Let loose the hounds - the Dachshunds, that is.
real-life wiener dogs are just one of the fun family
activities taking place this weekend at German Fest on the
“Milwaukee’s Kickoff to Wisconsin’s Oktoberfest
Season,” there’ll be more German songs than you can sing,
bratwurst than you can eat and lederhosen than you care to see
Friday through Sunday.
of eating, there will be the renowned spanferkel, schnitzel,
goulash, dumplings, herring and
potato pancakes, and that doesn't start to name the
with a authentic stein is just one way to wash it all down.
Well, maybe coffee for the pastries.
in 1981, it’s one of the largest authentic German ethnic
festivals outside of Germany, according to the folks at German
excited to celebrate our 36th annual German Fest,” German
Fest President Eric Radue said in a statement. “We have so
many wonderful things happening at the Fest this year from a
living Glockenspiel and Dachshund races to our featured bands
and of course the wonderful German food we are known for. All
this is made possible thanks to the hard work and outstanding
support of our 1,500 plus volunteers.”
buffet includes music on five different stages throughout the
there’s music, there’s dancing. It’s not just paying
spectators either. Five local children’s dance groups and
nine youth and adult dance groups will take to the stage.
culture is expressed in dance with traditional garb and music
of a variety of regions, including of the ethnic Germans who
settled along the Danube in the present-day countries of
Austria, Yugoslavia and Hungary.
this year will be the Germany’s Waterways exhibit, depicting
the regions, cultures and dance.
As part of
the fun, there will be games. Besides the Dachshund Derby,
they include soccer tournaments, handball championship and
sheepshead card playing.
you're not a German, the Marktplatz can help you look like one
with clothing and a host of home goods for sale.
are $15, $12 in advance for adults, $7 for students with ID
and seniors 60 and older, and free for 12 and younger. Friday
is $3 admission for everyone on Military Appreciation Day,
free for active military personnel and their families as well
as all veterans.
information, visit www.germanfest.com.