Adventure trip offers fun for the whole family

by Petra Lessoing
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

The village of Stahlberg in the Donnersberg area will host this year’s family event “Adventure trip Moscheltal” from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Stahlberg and other communities located in the valley called Moscheltal will offer a diversified entertaining program, including former craftsmanship presentations, exhibitions, musical performances and children’s activities.

The official opening with music will be at 10 a.m. to be followed by a family worship service at 11. The brass ensemble of the Rockenhausen IGS school will entertain the audience at 11:30.

More than 20 stands will be set up throughout the village. Beekeepers, brush makers, basket makers, rope makers and scythe sharpeners will show how work was done in former times. There also will be a schnaps distillery for choice fruit and whisky that demonstrates the burning of schnaps.

Visitors can find craft items, jewelries, pottery, copper products, wooden works, minerals, soap, as well as vegetables, fruit and plants. The emphasis will be on regional products and leisure tips for the area.

The Dambacher Galgevegel musicians and the Con Brion choir will provide musical entertainment, and dance groups from Münsterappel, Kriegsfeld and Schiersfeld will present their dancing skills.

The program will also include a cake demonstration, show fights by the Alsenztal knights’ group, and presentations by the Obermoschel kick boxers.

Children can sit at a campfire and eat bread on a stick, test their archery skills, get their faces painted, and join in on activities having to do with forest and woods. A game vehicle will offer outdoor games and a jumping castle. A tent will be set up where children can listen to fairy tales and try felting. Wagon rides will take visitors all around the village.

Various food stands offering schnitzel, würstchen, cakes, crepes and waffles will be set up around the Stahlberg Bürgerhaus (community hall).

Those who like to walk can join a guided hike offered by the Pollichia nature protection association, which starts at 10 a.m. at the Ransweiler Bürgerhaus (community hall). The walk will be 12 kilometers long. Ransweiler is west of Stahlberg.

A guided herbal hike, where participants will learn about valuable weeds and free home remedies, will start at 2 p.m. at the Stahlberg Bürgerhaus.

Prizes, such as concert tickets for the German band Unheilig, entrance tickets to the Federal Garden Fair in Koblenz or Phantasialand, and boat rides, among other prizes, can be won in a raffle.

Stahlberg is northwest of Rockenhausen. It has an old history of mining. In 1390, the Duke of Veldenz was digging for silver. The last mine closed in 1942. Within the union community of Rockenhausen, Stahlberg has the highest elevation at 484 meters.