Landstuhl hosts city festival Sept. 11

by Petra Lessoing
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Landstuhl is having a city festival under the motto “Cultural spectacle” from Sept. 11 to 13. The annual event is sponsored by the sales promotion association of Landstuhl. It will feature a musical program, a car show, children’s activities and Sunday shopping.

The festival officially opens at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 near the stage of Kreissparkasse bank on Alten Markt. Landstuhl’s mayor Klaus Grumer will tap the first keg of beer before the shooting association of Nanstein Castle will fire 22 gun salutes. The U. S. Air Forces in Europe band Wings of Dixie will play the first tunes until 9 p.m.

“We are glad we were able to get our American friends of Wings of Dixie to perform for us,” said Gerhard Paulus, chief of the Landstuhl promotion sales association. “With their participation we would like to emphasize our year-long friendship with our American servicemembers and guests.”

Harald Krüger and his band will provide hits from the 1960s until 12:30 a.m. Sept. 12.

“We want to continue this cultural event and offer a variety of performances,” Mr. Paulus said. Other stages will be set up in front of Stadthalle and on Kaiserstrasse next to Hotel Christine. Bands to perform at the festival include: Brassmachine, Remax, Changes, the Unnerhaus Jazzband and many others. Irish dance groups will at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 12 and 4:30 p.m. Sept. 13 on the stage on Alten Markt. A fire show with a fire-eater is scheduled for 10 p.m. Sept. 12 on Weinstrasse near VR bank.

The stage on Alten Markt also offers a dance floor where visitors can dance to the sounds of salsa, beat, tango, fox and waltz.

Italian food specialties will be served on Kaiserstrasse, and in vintners’ tents regional vintners will present their kind of food specialties. More than 10 car dealers will organize the biggest car show of the county and show off their novelties at Neue Markt.

Stores will be open from 1 to 6 p.m. Sept. 13.

“For the first time this year we are asking our visitors to please donate a cultural fee of €2,” said Mr. Paulus. Visitors paying will receive little wristbands.

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