Otterberg holds old town fest today to Sunday

by Petra Lessoing
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Otterberg will celebrate its “Altstadtfest,” old town fest, today through Sunday. The Altstadtfest takes place every two years, in turn with spring fest. It will be set up around the Abbey Church and on Kirchplatz in the historical part of Otterberg.
“For the first time during Altstadtfest, medieval camps will be put up behind the church,” said Carola Ibrom from the Otterberg Tourist Information office. Two medieval groups will display the life in the Middle Ages and inform visitors about that time. 

The fest will begin at 7 p.m. today and Mayor Martin Müller and the Otterberg Spring Queen, Laura I, will officially open it from a stage on Kirchplatz at 7:30 p.m. The band The Twins with guest will start entertaining the audience at 8 p.m. Local clubs and associations will sell food specialties and drinks in the streets of the medieval part of town.

Visitors can taste various Palatinate dishes, numerous beers, wines and cocktails. There will also be grilled ham, spare ribs, roasted pork, soup, bratwurst, currywurst, wurst salad  and French fries.

“Local specialties will be the Otterberger and the Wallonenberger,” said Ibrom. “They are both hamburgers, the Otterburger with lettuce and the Wallonenburger with cole slaw. And both come with a bun that shows a squirrel since the squirrel is the symbol in Otterberg’s crest.”

Saturday, vendors’ and food booths will open at 6 p.m. Hobby artists will sell a variety of items such as jewelry and art and craft items and a basket maker will show off his profession.

Musical entertainment will start at 8 p.m. with Tijuana Band.
On Sunday, booths and stands will open at 11:30 a.m. and the local Music Association Harmonie Otterberg will start its “frühschoppen,” with eating and drinking at 11:30 a.m. The Rheinland-Pfalz Police Orchestra, Men in Blue, will present a wide range of brass music starting at 3 p.m. Former 1. FCK soccer player Ratinho will lead an auction trying to sell a flag that was created by local children during the children’s fest.

“We also offer a percussion workshop, face painting and a big flea market from 1 to 6 p.m. in the Kapitelsaal in the Abbey Church,” said Ibrom. Proceeds will go to the new parish home.

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