Strassenfest theme, hofmarschall announced

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JASPER — The theme for the 42nd annual Jasper Strassenfest, set for July 30 through Aug. 2 in and around downtown Jasper, is “Celebrating Jasper’s Commitment to Higher Education” “VU Jasper’s 50th Anniversary.”

The theme was chosen to accentuate and celebrate the fact that Vincennes University Jasper has been a local institution of higher learning for 50 years. The official 2020 Strassenfest logo and button is still in the design phase at this time, but should be completed and released to the public in the next few weeks.

The Strassenfest Committee has also chosen the hofmarschall or grand marshall for the 2020 event, VUJ alumnus and current president of the VUJ Foundation Board of Directors Dan Fritch. In addition to attending several Strassenfest events and activities as hofmarschall, Fritch will speak briefly at opening ceremonies on July 3O and will lead the Strassenfest parade on Aug. 2.

A lifelong Jasper resident, Fritch is co-owner and chief operating officer of Matrix Integration, a Jasper based, strategic IT infrastructure partner for more than 1,000 businesses across Indiana and beyond. He has a passion for making his community a better place through many volunteer roles. He believes in living life by the values of respect, integrity, accountability, honesty and teamwork. He is the chartered organization representative for St. Joseph Catholic Church Boy Scouts Troop 182 and serves on the Lincoln Heritage District Distinguished Citizens Award Committee. He serves on the St. Joseph Parish Finance Committee and Weekly TV Mass Production Team and is a previous parish picnic co-chairperson. He has served on the Jasper Chamber Action Team and was the Chamber’s 2016 President’s Excellence Award recipient.

Sponsorship request letters will be mailed soon. Past sponsors of the Strassenfest are encouraged to watch their mail for these letters and respond as quickly as possible. Sponsorship funds go toward bringing a high-quality festival at no cost to attendees. All cash and in-kind sponsors are listed in the events and activities program booklet. If you do not receive a sponsorship request letter and would like to find out how you can become a sponsor, contact the Jasper Chamber of Commerce at 812-482-6866.

New features at this year’s Strassenfest will include a festival half-pot drawing with a guaranteed minimum payout of $5,000 to the winner. Ticket sales will begin July 6 at the chamber of commerce office and will be available for purchase during festival hours at a downtown Square location. Proceeds from the half-pot will go toward the Dubois County Scholastic Excellence Award Scholarships to benefit Dubois County students attending VUJ, as well as other improvements to the Jasper Strassenfest.

For more information about the 2020 Jasper Strassenfest activities and events, contact the chamber of commerce at 812-482-6866, visit or follow the fest on Facebook.

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