Otterberg holds old town festival

by Petra Lessoing
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Otterberg will celebrates its “Altstadtfest,” or old town fest, today through Sunday. The Altstadtfest takes place every two years, in turn with the spring fest.

The festival is set up around the Abbey Church and on Kirchplatz in the historical part of Otterberg.

Mayor Martin Müller will officially open the event from a stage on Kirchplatz at 7 p.m. today.

The band Acoustical Jam will start entertaining the audience by playing
party rock at 8 p.m. Local clubs and associations will sell food specialties and drinks in the streets of the medieval part of town. Visitors can taste
bratwurst, steaks, fried potatoes, pizza, wurst salad, various beers, wines and cocktails.

For the third time, the “Otterburger,” a special food item, will be served. The Otterburger is a hamburger with a bun that shows a squirrel. The squirrel is the symbol in Otterberg’s crest.

On Saturday, vendors and food booths will open at 5 p.m. Vendors will sell a variety of items such as jewelry, toys, paintings, art and decoration items, soap and oil.

Musical entertainment will start at 6 p.m. with salsa sounds presented by Max Punstein and Luis Cardoso. The well-known band Twins will perform at 8 p.m. and present a special guest.

On Sunday, the fest will continue at 11:30 a.m. with a “frühschoppen,” an early morning beer get-together, and music by the Otterberg Music Association Harmonie. Lunch dishes will be served as well as homemade cakes.  In the later afternoon, around 5 p.m., local young talents, the band 4OUR-BC, will present their musical skills.

Otterberg city officials are looking forward to be able to also welcome a
delegation from their sister city Gueugnon, France, to celebrate their 10-year long partnership.

Hobby artists will display their works around the Abbey Church.