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GermanFest in Guttenberg Is a Top 20 Event in Iowa
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GermanFest in Guttenberg Is a Top 20 Event in Iowa

Fall is upon us. The air has a little nip and the green leaves are turning beautiful shades of red, orange, yellow, and brown. That means the 28th Annual GermanFest is coming to Guttenberg! This festival has been named one of the Top 20 Events in Iowa by Top Events USA. Enjoy the picturesque views of fall as you head to Guttenberg this September 21st and 22nd.

At the festival, there are activities for every age to participate in and enjoy. Find your dirndl (ladies dress) and lederhosen (leather pants) to get into the spirit of the German heritage celebration. Start your family-fun filled weekend early on Friday afternoon. Festivities start at 3 with an Open Air Market. It wouldn’t be a GermanFest without a Biergarten opening at 5 p.m. for the adults. Clayton Ridge Farm is graciously sponsoring a hog roast and brat dinner at 5:30 p.m. Dance to live music by Barefoot Becky and the Ivanhoe Dutchmen.

Start your Saturday off with:

  • 8:30: 5K Walk/Run for Breast Cancer Awareness  “Catchin’ it Early"
  • 9: The Clayton Ridge High School Art Student Street Chalk Drawing
  • 10: Opening Ceremonies 
  • 10  to 1 p.m.: Scratch Cup Cakery Cakery
  • 11 a.m.: Obstacle Course
  • 11:15-11:45 a.m.: UNI Dance Company Performance
  • 12-2 p.m.: Home Brew Tasting
  • 1 p.m.: Weiner Dog Dash 
  • 1-1:30 p.m.: UNI Dance Company Performance
  • 2-3 p.m.: Kraut-Off
  • 2:30-3:15 p.m.: TJ Regal, Quad City Magician
  • 7-11 p.m.: Live Music by Uncle Sams Band

All Day Saturday: from 10-4:

  • Live Music by German Band, Lyle Beaver, the Silbertaler Trio, Bruce Bryant, and Carpre Diem 
  • Vendor Market Fair beginning at 9 a.m.
  • Classic Volkswagen Display 
  • Kids games, inflatables, sandbox, and train ride 
  • Hammerschlingen
  • Walking Tour: Guttenberg Bible on display, Guttenberg Walking Tour 2016,  Guttenberg 1937 Centennial Celebration videos shown at the Guttenberg Public Library (10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.) 
  • Mississippi River Boat Charters at 8, 9:30, 11 a.m., 1, 2:30, and 4 p.m.

The GermanFest comes to a close on Sunday, September 23rd with Worship starting at 10:15 a.m. at St. John’s American Lutheran Church.                                   

 By Gianna Manternach                                                

Image credit: Darla Kelchen CCDG

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