Ramstein holds Octoberfest, Wendelinus market

Ramstein-Miesenbach will celebrate its annual Octo­berfest today through Sunday. The fest tent will open its doors at 5:30 p.m. today and tomorrow, and Sunday at 11 a.m. Live musical entertainment on both days will start at 8:30 p.m. featuring the power band, Midnight Ladies tonight and the Habachtaler, one of the most famous party bands in southern Germany, on Saturday. Visitors can purchase tickets for standing room for 12 euros, tickets for seats will cost 17.50 euros, and include either a half rotisserie chicken with potato salad or dumplings with mushroom sauce.

On Sunday, Ramstein-Miesen­bach will also hold its annual Wendelinus market.  The advertising association Ramstein has been sponsoring the market for 34 years.

The history of the Wendelinus market began in the 18th century, more than 300 years ago, when most village residents were farmers, and an epidemic threatened Ramstein’s cattle. The farmers started praying to Saint Wendelinus, a hermit and abbot, asking for help to avoid contagious diseases. Since then, Ramstein-Miesenbach commemorates Saint Wendelinus every year. The first commemoration took place on a Monday in 1710.

Due to bad weather the past two years, the organizers decided to hold Wendelinus market only one day this year. Approximately 100 booths fill the center of town and local stores will also be open. Model railway fans are invited to attend the model railways exhibition and exchange in the Congress Center Ramstein. Local specialties and drinks will be offered to the visitors in the large fest tent.

For more information visit: www.oktoberfest-ramstein.de.