Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival
Plans are already underway for the 2014 Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival presented by the Frankenmuth Civic Events Council. This will be the 56th year for the annual events which takes over Michigan's "Little Bavaria" for the weekend of June 12-15th.
New events include euchre and corn hole tournaments as well as a themed "fun run." 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 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 and admission is FREE.
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.
Bavarian Princess Candidates Chosen
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!