Spesbach highlights 800th anniversary with medieval market, parade

by Petra Lessoing 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Courtesy photo The center of Spesbach is the location for its 800th anniversary celebrations today to Sunday.
Courtesy photo
The center of Spesbach is the location for its 800th anniversary celebrations today to Sunday.

Spesbach and Elschbacherhof, village parts within Hütschenhausen, will celebrate their 800th anniversary with various events today through Sunday.

“Spesbach and Elschbacher Hof were officially documented in 1215 for the first time,” said Ralf Lessmeister, mayor of Spesbach. “We cannot imagine how our founding fathers lived in the early Middle Ages, with many crises, famines, wars and crusades. Neither the plague nor the 30-Year War prevented the development of our community, and that’s what we would like to celebrate this year.”

A historical display will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, Saturday and Sunday in the Catholic parish home. Original pictures from around the 1890s to today will reflect the local school life, church life, social and cultural events, agriculture and sceneries.

A party with disc jockeys presenting the top hits over the past five years is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. today in Mehrzweckhalle, the village’s community hall. Tickets cost €10.

A village fest with a medieval market will lure visitors starting at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

A medieval group from Wallhalben will set up a medieval village with tents and group members will demonstrate how people lived in the Middle Ages. There will be a tavern for visitors to taste medieval food and drinks including beers and mead. Actors will present ways of fighting during the Middle Ages such as axe throwing, sword fighting and ring tossing. Belly dancing will be performed as well.

The family program with children’s activities will run from noon to 5 p.m.

A special soccer game with former renowned players from the 1. FC Kaiserslautern soccer team, will begin at 3 p.m. at the Spesbach sports fields.

The highlight on Sunday will be a historical fest parade at 2:30 p.m. with many participants in medieval costumes.

“Our local associations and clubs will take part as well as our French sister city Precy-sur-Oise, the volunteer fire brigade, the Ramstein-Miesenbach state fair float and three music groups,” Lessmeister said. “I hope to be able to welcome many visitors from all over.”

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/800JahreSpesbach?ref=bookmarks.