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Trinken und Gemütlichkeit, Germanfest Kicks Off Festival Season

The 31st annual Germanfest officially kicked off in downtown Fort Wayne Wednesday.

City leaders took part in the annual “tapping of the keg” at Headwaters Park just before noon, marking the beginning of this year’s festivities.

Germanfest is the first major festival of the summer in the Summit City, and several hundred people turned out for the event’s opening day.

“It’s a lot of fun,” says Bob Anweiler, a member of the Germanfest 2012 Committee. “I think a lot of people look forward to the first festival, because it’s their first chance to get out and kick off summer a little bit. I’ll teach you a German word. It’s called Trinken und Gemütlichkeit, and in German it means sitting around with your friends, having a good time.”

Many favorites will be returning this year. Be sure to check out the popular wiener dog races, Thursday’s Legs ‘N Lederhosen contest, and Saturday’s bake-off.

Of course, it wouldn’t be Germanfest without some beer and bratwurst. This year, festival organizers have a new beer on tap – Bavarian Hofbrau.

A newly formed children’s dance group out of Fort Wayne will also be performing traditional German dances throughout the festival.

Germanfest runs June 6th through June 10th at Headwaters Park in downtown Fort Wayne. For more information, visit http://www.germanfest.org/ .

-Indiana’s Newscenter

Original article can be found here: http://www.indianasnewscenter.com/news/local/Germanfest-Kicks-Off-157512175.html

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