Otterberg celebrates old town fest

by Petra Lessoing
Kaiserslautern American

***image1***Otterberg celebrates its “Altstadtfest,” old town fest, today through Sunday.
The Altstadtfest takes place every two years, in turn with spring fest. It is set up around the Abbey Church and on Kirchplatz in the historical part of Otterberg.
Mayor Ulrich Wasser officially opens the event from a stage on Kirchplatz at 7 p.m. today. The band 7ty Proof starts performing party rock at 8:30 p.m.
Local clubs and associations sell food specialties and drinks in the streets of the medieval part of town. Visitors can taste bratwurst, steaks, fried potatoes, pizza and wurst salad.
For the second time, the “Otterburger,” a special food item is offered.
“The Otterburger is a hamburger with a bun that shows a squirrel,” said Kerstin Hach from the Otterberg Tourist Information Office. “The squirrel is the symbol in Otterberg’s crest.”
Saturday, vendors and food booths open at 5 p.m.
“Visitors can choose from a variety of items such as jewelry, toys and paintings,” said Mrs. Hach.
A local women’s club serves homemade cakes and coffee.
Musical entertainment starts with the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Check Six Band at 6 p.m. The band “Strings” follows at 9 p.m. with rock and beat of the sixties and seventies.
A “Frühschoppen,” an early morning beer with music by the Music Association Schnecken-hausen, opens the fest at 11:30 a.m. Sunday.
Little members of the local sports club show off their aerobics skills at 1:30 and 4 p.m. on stage.
The Waldorf School Band performs at 2 p.m. and EXESS, the band of the IGS School Otterberg presents its repertoire at 5 p.m.
The local museum (Heimat-museum) on Hauptstrasse is open 3 to 5 p.m. Exhibition items display the history of the region.