SLIDESHOW: New Braunfels kicks off 60th Wurstfest Celebration after two-year hiatus

From left, Alex Meixner and Miles Granzin celebrate during the Nov. 5 opening ceremony for Wurstfest. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)
From left, Alex Meixner and Miles Granzin celebrate during the Nov. 5 opening ceremony for Wurstfest. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)

From left, Alex Meixner and Miles Granzin celebrate during the Nov. 5 opening ceremony for Wurstfest. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Many longtime visitors to Wurstfest don hats with commemorative pins. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Many longtime visitors to Wurstfest don hats with commemorative pins. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Guests toast to the beginning of the festival in New Braunfels on Nov. 5. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Jimmy Mauric tapped the keg of Shiner Oktoberfest beer during the Nov. 5 opening ceremony of Wurstfest. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Jimmy Mauric passes out cups of beer to guests. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Jimmy Mauric passes out cups of beer to guests. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)
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During the "biting of the sausage," city officials and members of the Wurstfest Association take a bite from a link of sausages. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Miles Granzin takes a bite of sausage to kickstart the 2021 Wurstfest celebration. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The "biting of the sausage" traditionally kicks off the festival. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Guests toast to the beginning of the festival in New Braunfels on Nov. 5. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)
On Nov. 5 the gates of the Wurstfest grounds were opened to guests for the first time in nearly two years as visitors celebrated the beginning of the annual 10-day event.

The live music, pitchers of beer, nonprofit booths selling German-style treats and guests clad in lederhosen that Wurstfest has become famous for were all part of the opening day of the 60th annual celebration.

A new Marktplatz building also welcomed visitors to this year’s festival after the original building was destroyed in a fire.

Just four days after the conclusion of the 2019 festival, two fires broke out on the historic grounds and left the Marktplatz building structurally unsound, according to city reports.

Following the destruction, the Wurstfest Association formed the Marktplatz Rebuild Committee and began working with MarmonMok Architecture to rebuild the facility ahead of the 2020 festival, which was to be the 60th annual celebration.


Ultimately, the association elected to cancel the 2020 festival due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but work on the facility continued and this year's event began with no coronavirus-related restrictions.

The 10-day festival kicked off with members of the Wurstfest Association and city officials participating in the “biting of the sausage” and opening a keg of Shiner Oktoberfest beer.

Guests can visit the festival through Nov. 14 and more information can be found on the Wurstfest website.
By Lauren Canterberry

Reporter, New Braunfels

Lauren joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in October 2019. After graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, Lauren was a freelance journalist and worked as a college English teacher in China. At CI, Lauren covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in New Braunfels.



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