May carnival starts today in Kaiserslautern

by Petra Lessoing
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Maikerwe on Kaiserslautern’s Messeplatz fairgrounds features numerous vendors, rides, tents and food booths today to May 29. — Photo by City of Kaiserslautern

The Kaiserslautern May carnival called “Maikerwe” will start at 5 p.m. today on the Messeplatz fairgrounds. The event, which will run through May 29, is known as the biggest folks fest in the West Pfalz. It features rides, vendors, beer gardens, a fest tent and food stands.

Maikerwe will officially open with tapping the first keg of beer at 7 p.m. today in the fest tent. A fireworks display will be lit around 10 p.m.

The carnival will offer a variety of rides for adults and children. Highlights will be the rollover swing called “Revolution” and a new giant Ferris wheel, “Grand Soleil,” which provides a great view over the amusement park.

Like each year the rides Breakdance, Shake and Musikexpress offer fast rides. The rollercoaster “Crazy Jungle” will take passengers on a trip through the jungle with zebras, giraffes, elephants and monkeys. “Rio Rapidos” is the world’s biggest transportable water rafting track. Rotating boats provide fun and action.

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

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

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

Family Day with reduced prices and special offers until 7 p.m. is scheduled for Wednesday. Children can enjoy a puppet theater performance for free starting at 4 p.m. in the fest tent.

American carnival-goers can enjoy a Dollar Day on May 26. American customers can pay in their own currency and most ride owners are willing to trade one to one that day.

The carnival will close out with a Thank you fireworks display sponsored by all ride owners and vendors around 10 p.m. May 29.

The rides will be open 1 to 11 p.m. each day, and until midnight Saturdays. Some food booths and vendors open at 11 a.m.