German heritage night launches fest

JASPER — German heritage night at the Strassenfest will be featured Thursday, Aug. 1, on the main stage. There will be free German events and entertainment.

Events will start with the Lions Club box parade, followed by the Celebration Singers.

The night watchman and his wife will start opening ceremonies with the ringing of the Strassenfest bell.

The Celebration Singers will perform a song in German. The kinderchor will perform two songs in German and English. Following them will be high school students performing the willkommen dance.

The mayor will light the sister city lantern. Children will weave ribbon around the Maypole. Opening ceremonies conclude with a performance of the schuhplattler dance, which attendees will be given a chance to learn.

Following opening ceremonies will be the traditional parade to the beer garden for the ceremonial tapping of the first keg.

The festivities will continue with a chocolate game sponsored by Chocolate Bliss and two dance performances — a Bavarian dance called the landler and a waltz demonstration to an original song composed by Courtney Heberer and Laura Grammer.

The free German heritage events conclude with the log-sawing competition.

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