Ramstein celebrates German Thanksgiving

by Jutta Lausberg-Saam
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Ramstein will hold its 23rd annual farmers’ market Sunday. Mayor Ralf Hechler will officially open the event at 10:30 a.m. at the Congress Center Ramstein. Immediately following is a Thanksgiving Service, also taking place at the congress center.
This year, a record number of 85 vendors will offer their merchandise. Opening hours for the farmers’ market will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with stores opening to the public from 1 to 6 p.m. The center of town will close for motorized traffic starting Saturday at 3 p.m.
Regional vendors will offer homemade cheese, bread, fresh fruits and vegetables, corn and pumpkins, meats and sausages, and wines and liquors. Special guests this year, are the oil and mustard mill from Bliesgau, Eisel’s ostrich farm from Hermersberg, the soap factory from Steinweiler and the coffee manufactory Reismuehle from Krottelbach. Visitors get to admire old craftsmanship and an old band saw.
Vendors will offer decorating articles such as pottery, natural brushes, enamel articles, articles of daily use made from wood and lots of other items.
Young visitors get to carve pumpkins, get their face painted, or ride on a donkey. They also get to watch how a historic spinning wheel and a crank handle sewing machine operate. At the catholic church, youngsters can participate in horse shoe long throw and meet a live lawn mower.
For stressed out market visitors, the market offers a “Ruhezone,” a rest area. There, visitors can not only relax, they can receive the “Ramschder Tutt,” a large paperbag, to carry purchases. The full bag can be dropped off in the wardrobe area and picked up later. This service is free of charge, available from noon to 5:30 p.m., and allows visitors to stroll around the market without “additional luggage.”
In addition to the specialties and the various grilled food offered by the direct marketers, Ramstein’s soccer club “Olympia” offers cattle and horseradish, and coffee and cake in the fest tent.
Young and old get to turn a wheel of fortune for a good cause, with prizes donated by the market vendors.
Market goers will be entertained by the “Ramsteiner Strassenmusikanten,” Ram­stein’s street musicians, playing brass band music at various locations.
Parking will be available at Steinwendener Strasse, Poststrasse, the parking lot Rathausring-Stutzenwald, and in the parking area behind the Rathaus.
For more information visit www.ramstein-miesenbach.de.