Weiner Dog Racing, Live Music, Food & Drink Friday through Sunday

Get your German on this weekend in Guttenberg.  The river town will celebrate its German heritage with its 30th annual Germanfest Friday through Sunday.  There will be lots of live music, food & drinks, weiner dog racing, polka lessons, a home-brew competition, lots of kids activities and fun for everyone.  Admission is free, and a $1.00 donation is appreciated.

Oktoberfest To Be Celebrated
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Here's the schedule: 

Friday, September 24
3pm -- Open Air Market
3:30-7pm -- Water Rocks Conservation Station
5pm -- Festival Tent and Biergarten
5:30pm -- Roast Pork and Brat Dinner
5:30pm -- Polka Lessons

Music Friday
6-10pm -- Barefoot Becky & The Ivanhoe Dutchmen
Saturday, September 25
7:30-11:30am -- Breakfast at Clayton Ridge School
8:30am -- GMHC Germanfest 5K
11-3pm -- Lock & Dam Tours
11:30am-1pm -- Traditional German Dancing - UNI Dancers
12pm -- Weiner Dog Races
12-2pm -- Homebrew Contest and Tasting
2-3pm -- Sauerkraut Contest
3pm -- Brat EatingMusic Saturday
12-1pm -- Guttenberg German Band
1-3pm -- Carpe diem
3-5pm -- Beau Timmerman
5-7pm -- Love handles
7-11pm -- "Your Mom"

Sunday, September 26
10:15am -- Germanfest Worship at St. John's Lutheran Church

Kids activities include: inflatables, hard rides, barrel train, rock climbing wall, games, and more!

For more details visit: guttenbergiowa.net/germanfest.

Named one of America's 20 Prettiest Towns by Forbes Magazine, Guttenberg incorporated in 1851. The influence of the German population was best indicated by the construction during the period between 1845 and 1865 of more than one hundred  stone buildings.  The bluff limestone was easily obtained and good, local clay and lime for construction was available. Four large riverside warehouses opened and a large flour mill, stores, and hotels appeared during this period. The steamboat trade deposited merchandise and picked up farm produce, milled flour and lead ore.

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