Germanfest set for Sept. 20

As well as music and food, guests will have the opportunity to play German games. Featured are two women battling it out in a game of masskrugstemmen, holding one liter glass mugs at arms length to see who can hold it the longest. (Pioneer file photo)

BIG RAPIDS — Those looking for a game of hammerschlagen won’t have to wait much longer — the Big Rapids Germanfest is set for Sept. 20 and tickets are on sale now.

“We decided if we were going to do something like this, we were going to go all out,” Germanfest committee member Mark Viel said.

Being in its 14th year, Germanfest has been a popular event in Big Rapids for people to attend and experience German culture for a night, according to Viel.

“This isn’t your grandma’s social event,” he said.

Germanfest is open to anyone 21 years or older, as long as they present a valid idea.

Once ID’ed and through the doors, guests will have the opportunity to try a variety of German food at the all-you-can-eat buffet, while drinking some authentic bier and wein and listening to music performed by Immigrant Sons and two other forms of entertainment.

This year in Germanfest’s “Best of the Wurst” lineup, they are featuring authentic German sausages such as nurnberger wurst, weisswurst, smoked bratwurst, beer bratwurst, kaiserwurst and knackwurst.

They also will provide a variety of salads and desserts.

As well as food and music, there will be other festivities, including popular games such as hammerschlagen and masskrugstemmen.

Hammerschlagen is a game where competitors are required to drive nails into an oak block with a small maul, with the one who does it in the shortest amount of time claiming champion.

Masskrugstemmen is where contestants hold one liter glass mugs at arms length. The contestant who is able to keep his or her arm extended the longest, is the winner.

At $40 a person, not including drinks, proceeds from the event will benefit the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church school and youth ministries.

“It’s a big event, there’s no question about it,” he said.

Those interested better act fast, as there will be no tickets sold at the door.

Germanfest will take place from 6:30 to 11 p.m., Friday, Sept. 20, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 408 W Bellevue St., Big Rapids.

To purchase tickets, visit br-germanfest.com or stop by Cash and Carry Lumber.

There will be a four-drink limit for all individuals.

The 14th annual Big Rapids Germanfest welcomes back music performed by Immigrant Sons. Proceeds from this event will benefit the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church school and youth ministries. (Pioneer file photo)

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