Lake fest lures visitors to Ohmbachsee

Petra Lessoing
Kaiserslautern American

***image1***Every third weekend in July, the union community of Schönenberg-Kübelberg celebrates its romantic lake fest at Ohmbachsee. The event starts today and continues through Sunday. The lake turns into a big natural stage with lights, music and shows. Four stages are put up around the lake, from where mostly regional bands and dance groups entertain visitors.

The fest officially opens at 8 p.m. today with gun salutes and tapping the first keg of beer. The bands Strings, 7tyProof and several German singers perform tonight. The Kanu-Club Zweibrücken offers a torch ride on the lake at 10:30 p.m.

Saturday, the entertaining program starts at 7 p.m. A highlight will be “Woodstock at the Lake” with the bands Santana Projekt, Jimi Hendrix Projekt, Janis Joplin Projekt, Joe Cocker Project and Woodstock V.A. Projekt. At 10:30 p.m., the lake will be set on fire with lights and a fireworks display.

Sunday starts with an ecumenical worship service at 10 a.m. in the camping park. If the weather is bad, the service is conducted in the Catholic church in Sand. The afternoon program starting at 1:30 p.m. includes children’s activities with a magician, clowns, puppet theater, games and face painting. There are also presentations by young talent bands, dance groups and a martial arts group. Another highlight is a water ski show on the lake. The evening program starts at 8 p.m. and features the bands Rock’n roll Flamingos, Badname, Snailshouse and Brass Machine. The fest closes with a giant fireworks display above the lake at 10:45 p.m.

A giant Ferris wheel called Caesar’s Wheel is set up in the village of Sand and allows visitors to view the lake from top.

About 50 stands and booths offer Pfälzische and international food specialties.

The daily admission ticket is €3. The three-day ticket costs €5. Children under 14 are admitted free.

***image2***Ohmbach Lake is northwest of Bruchmühl-bach-Miesau, between Elschbach and Schönenberg-Kübelberg. With a surface of 15 hectares, it’s the biggest lake in the Westpfalz area. There is a campground and the possibility to fish, sail, surf and rent little boats.

Shuttle buses are available to take visitors to the event. One leaves from Waldmohr passing Kübelberg, Schmittweiler, Schönenberg and Brücken. Another bus starts its tour in Dittweiler and passes the villages of Altenkirchen, Frohnhofen, Krottelbach, Ohmbach and Brücken. The shuttle bus leaving from the train station in Bruchmühlbach passes Miesau and Elschbach before its final stop in Gries. For departure and return return times, visit The bus fee is €1.