Princess Coronation, Sand Carving, Euchre & Corn Hole Tournaments pack Saturday with tons of fun!
Kirsten Bierlein, daughter Klair and Beth Bierlein has been crowned the 2014 Frankenmuth Bavarian Princess. Along with her court of Ashley Sabourin and Olivia Laux, the 22 year old Saginaw Valley State University will represent the Bavarian Festival at various functions for the next year. Princess Kirsten is a life-long Frankenmuth resident that hopes to help preserve the unique Bavarian culture of our area. She has helped coordinate the Mid-Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force, READ volunteer, Frankenmuth Jaycee general member, and teaches dance classes,
Congratulations to all three young women!
Today will be filled with fun to meet the desire of anyone of any age. The morning begins with the Kinder Tag Parade for children and a euchre tournament with entries from the United States and Canada.
A Sand Carving competition has been taking place since Thursday nights opening ceremonies and judging will take place shortly after 3:00 this afternoon. Six teams have spent hours creating beautiful sculptures out of sand donated by local businesses.
Beautiful Sand Carvings!
This afternoon will also see the 2014 Bavarian Festival Princess crowned during a coronation luncheon at 1:00.
A Corn Hole tournament begins at 4:00 with numerous teams already pre registered. There's still time to participate though as teams can late register until 3:00 this afternoon.
While all that is taking place, there still plenty of music, food, and beer, and Maibaum Dancer performances. The weather is beautiful and it's a perfect day to be in Frankenmuth!
Frankenmuth Athletic Association Crowned Festival Olympic Champs
Friday's chilly weather didn't dampen the spirit of competitors or spectators for the Festival olympics competition. Teams competed in several fun events shortly after the Maibaum was raised and Frankenmuth's Maibaum Dancers performed.
The Athletic Association team showed they meant business from the initial "six legged" race event and they continued to dominate teams from The Frankenmuth Jaycee's, Tiffany's, Frankenmuth Credit Union, Frankenmuth Mutual Insurance, The World Expo of Beer, and first time participants, Yeo & Yeo of Saginaw and the Bavarian Inn's Michigan on Main.
Crowds then enjoyed the midway amusements, dinners from the Rotary, Lions Club, and Boys Scouts while dancing to the music of Sorgenbrecher & Die Lustigen Almdudler.
Thursday's weather was perfect for those attending the opening of the 56th annual Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival. All of the planning and preparations of the Civic Events Council came together for the kickoff of Michigan's "Little Bavaria" celebration. The festival will continue through Sunday, June 15th.
Amanda Cormier Receives 2014 Richard G. Krafft Jr Award
2014 Civic Events Council (CEC) President Brent Weiss named longtime Bavarian Festival volunteer Amanda Cormier as the recipient of the Richard G. Krafft Jr award for this year.
Brent pointed out that Amanda asked him to join the CEC three years ago and he quickly learned how much the festival meant to her. Amanda has served as a chairperson for various Festival activities and as CEC President in 2012.
The Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival continues Friday at Frankenmuth's Heritage Park. Gates at the Harvey Kern Pavilion open at 5:00pm. The raising of the Maibaum takes place at 6:00pm followed by Festival Olympics activities at 7:00.
2014 Bavarian Festival Princess Court with personalities from WIOG 102.5
New events include euchre tournament and the great folks at The Traveler Beer Company along with the Saginaw Northwest Kiwanis are sponsoring a cornhole tournament! There will also be plenty of bavarian style food, music, and beer. You can find out about all of the events scheduled for the four day festival by visiting our schedule of events link.
A feeling of "Gemütlichkeit", which loosely translated means a welcome social acceptance for all surrounds the entire community of Frankenmuth beginning on Thursday night and lasts through the Bavarian Fest parade on Sunday. This family oriented event draws people from all over the world. Bavarian music is played by lederhosen clad German bands. Saturday's events feature the coronation of the Bavarian Princess and her court and the Kinder Tag parade which gives our youngsters the opportunity to express and celebrate their heritage. Visitors also have the entire weekend to enjoy a midway with rides and games. Local service groups offer everything from chicken barbeques to German fare. Participate in face painting, or simply take in the hands-on craft area.
Each year, over 100,000 people enjoy the annual Sunday Bavarian Parade, which will be held on June 15th, 2014. With over 100 entries that include marching bands, beautifully decorated floats, dance clubs, visiting dignitaries, entertainers, royalty and our newly crowned Bavarian Princess and her Court. The Sunday parade is one of only two times during the year that Frankenmuth's Main St (Michigan Highway 83) is completely shut down. The route begins on the north side of Frankenmuth then works it's way to Heritage Park where all the festival events and entertainment are held.
The Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival is one of Michigan's best celebrations of German heritage and is certain to have something to entertain everyone in attendance.
On Saturday, February 22, 2014 Ashley Sabourin, Olivia Laux, and Kirsten Bierlein were selected as final candidates to be the 2014 Bavarian Princess. The Candidates Tea was held in the board room of Signature Bank where community leaders met with the candidates before narrowing the field down to the three finalists.
One of these young women will be named 2014 Bavarian Princess during the Princess Coronation which will take place on Saturday, June 14, 2014.
Congratulations to Ashley, Olivia and Kirsten!