Herrstein holds its farmers, artisan market


by Jutta Lausberg-Saam
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Herrstein will hold its 32nd annual farmers and artisan market tomorrow and Sunday. The fest is categorized as the “most beautiful market in the Rhineland-Palatinate.” The official opening will take place at 10 a.m. in the center of town.
Herrstein will return to medieval times, when potters, glassblowers, soap makers, basketmakers, turners, dressmakers, rope makers, felters, bag makers, gold- and silversmiths, brush makers, dyers, blacksmiths and many more skilled craftsmen show off their goods. Farmers will offer homemade delicacies including bread, sausages, cheese, vegetables, fruits, honey and herbs. Visitors will also find incense, drinking horns, furs, glass beads, jewelry made from old silverware, historical garments and handmade ropes.
Spectators, young and old, can watch a blacksmith make tools or knives, and can forge something under his guidance. A turner demonstrating his craft in a medieval way enriches the market. With his help, children get to experience woodturning. Youngsters will also be able to enjoy a puppet theater, participate in the big red dragon, walking the market streets and listen to exciting stories told in the “Drachen-Theater,” the dragon theater. A historic merry-go-round, archery, and horse riding will also be entertaining the young visitors. 
Jugglers Hubertus and Kunibert will show off their talents with juggling and admire the market events walking around on stilts.
Above all the hustle and bustle, lies the scent of roasted almonds, Hungarian “Langosch,” delicious flatbreads and wine and beer.
Musical players “Si vinum musica” and jugglers Jeremias and Thelonius Dilldapp will entertain spectators with live music played on historic instruments.
On both days, at 2, 3, and 4 p.m., the organist Thomas Diedrich will play cheerful, contemplative and curious music on the organ in the historical castle church.
On Saturday, at 9 p.m., the duo “Jomamakue” will ignite the night with a big fire spectacle. For 40 minutes, visitors will be captivated by the fascination of the fire show.
The market will be open tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Herrstein can be found approximately 30 kilometers north of Baumholder and 70 kilometers north of Ramstein Air Base and Kaiserslautern.

For more information visit www.kuenstlerdorf-herrstein.de.