May carnival starts today in Kaiserslautern

by Petra Lessoing
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Photo29aThe Kaiserslautern May carnival, called “Maikerwe,” begins today on the Messeplatz fairgrounds.

The carnival ends June 3. For a total of 11 days, more than 140 ride owners and vendors will offer their attractions, merchandise and food specialties in the giant “amusement city.”

Maikerwe is known as the biggest folks fest in the Westpfalz. The carnival will officially start at 5 p.m. today. The tapping of the first keg of beer with Mayor Dr. Susanne Wimmer-Leonhardt is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the big fest tent. Fireworks can then be seen after dark.

The carnival will include a variety of rides for adults and children.

For rides that offer spinning, swinging and simulated flying, ride the “Real Shake,” “Break Dance,” “Cobra” and “Frisbee.”

An attraction called “Amazonas” will take visitors into another world with foreign cultures and exotic animals. The giant Ferris wheel will offer a panoramic view over the amusement park.

Children can have fun with skills games, pony riding, miniscooters and merry-go-rounds.

Beer gardens, the chicken tent, bistros and other tents will lure hungry and thirsty visitors. Palatinate and international culinary specialties, such as crispy chicken, ham hocks, crepes, pizza and fish will be available at different food booths.

The “shopping street” will provide shopping fun until late at night. Vendors will sell a variety of merchandise, including clothes, household items, leather goods, jewelry, spices, and arts and crafts items.

Family Day will be held Wednesday. On Family Day, enjoy  reduced prices and special offers until 7 p.m.

The carnival will close out with a fireworks display, sponsored by ride owners and vendors, around 10 p.m. June 3.

The rides will be open from 2 to 11 p.m. each day, and until midnight on Saturdays. Some food booths and vendors will open at 11 a.m. to provide lunch.

Traditionally, on the first carnival Sunday, stores in Kaiserslautern will be open from 1 to 6 p.m. to  present their latest fashion, technical items and other merchandise.