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The Scoop on Brenham Maifest 2014

April 14th, 2014 by Pamela Murski

Brenham MaifestSince 1881, Brenham Maifest has been an annual event in Brenham, TX, only taking years off because of World War I (1918-20) and World War II (1942-47). It is back again this year for the 124th edition and will take place on May 2-4, 2014, at Fireman’s Park. The event will officially get underway that Friday at 6 p.m. and will last until midnight that night. Brenham Maifest will then be open from noon to midnight on Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Here is more information on the specific events of the fun-filled weekend in Brenham.

Maifest is Brenham’s annual German Heritage Festival, celebrating parades, coronations, German “soda” water, a German Village, a Maipole, live music, food & craft vendors, dancing, and more. The area was settled by the Germans, Poles, and Czechs, and homage is paid to their traditions during this annual celebration.

One of the highlights of the weekend is that the Brenham Maifest crowns both junior and senior royalty. Junior and senior kings and queens have been named since the event’s inception back in 1881. Last year’s senior king and queen were Dallas Gonzales and Tatum Westerfield, while last year’s junior king and queen were Travis Bartay and Hannah Mertz. The Junior Maifest Coronation will take place on Friday from 7-9 p.m., and the Senior Maifest Coronation will take place on Saturday from 7-9 p.m.

Saturday’s portion of the festival begins at noon, but there are some events that day before the gates officially open. At 8:30 a.m. there will be a Former Royalty Breakfast, and at 10:30 a.m. the Maifest parade will take place in downtown Brenham.

Musical acts will be on display all weekend at the Fireman’s Pavilion. Friday will feature the Anthony Moreno Band from 7-10 p.m. and Cory Morrow from 10:30 p.m. to midnight. Saturday will showcase four different acts and will begin from noon to 3 p.m. with the Dujka Brothers. Other Saturday acts include the Bohemian Dutchmen (3-6 p.m.), the Wesley Westbrook Band (7:30-10 p.m.), and William Clark Green (10:30 p.m. to midnight). On Sunday, Alpenfest will have the stage the entire day from noon until the festival’s conclusion at 6 p.m. Since six hours is a long time to be on stage for Alpenfest, Rathkamp German Dancers will perform for the crowd at various parts of the day while the band takes a few breaks.

There are a few things that will be happening all weekend, including Kinder Village with amusement rides and activities and the opening of beer, wine, and food booths. Saturday and Sunday will also include Der Shoppes von Maifest, which are arts and crafts booths. Sunday offers a few more unique activities, as well, including a bean bag toss tournament at Veteran’s Plaza and a home brew contest at Fireman’s Kitchen.

The entire Brenham Maifest schedule of events is available online.

If you decide to make a weekend out of the Brenham Maifest and experience what every day has to offer, you are going to need a place to stay. Do yourself a favor and make that place Murski Homestead Bed and Breakfast, a perfect way to experience the Texas countryside and still be close to the Maifest activities. Murski Homestead will also provide a delicious breakfast before you depart to the festival for the day. Be sure to book your room at Murski Homestead early before it fills up!

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