To my Hoosier readers: you are probably wondering how big is it? Well……
As you can see, this photo is a map of our beloved Indiana State Fair….the red circle (where the Midway normally sits) represents the approximate size of this Volksfest. So it’s really not that big in comparison but it draws a crowd and was hella crowded.
But to be fair, it is more equivalent to our County Fairs (rather than State)…..just more rides and alcohol and less animal competitions.
Coming here was a great opportunity for T because he got to see old work friends. They met up in a very very crowded Biergarten. His friends were really nice but, of course, they were more interested in catching up with Thorsten.
Luckily my saviors arrived just in time: Nicola and Marcel…..remember the fairy tale wedding from last week?
They also came to the fest but were more inclined to hang out in a less crowded setting. From there Nicola and I shared some ‘gebrannte Mandeln’ or sugar roasted almonds. Those of you back in the states who frequent Renaissance Faires would be familiar with them (or if you have gone to the German Christmas Markets in Chicago). They are best when straight out of the oven.
From there, I tried to take photos of the local color. As you can see, there are quite a few people in Lederhosen and Dirndls…..even though we aren’t technically in Bavaria. One of the popular phads right now is women wearing Lederhosen. Wait, not just Lederhosen…but ‘sexy’ Lederhosen. This reminded me of my sophomore year in college when I got lazy and decided to go as a sexy lumberjack.
That’s my two cents on the subject.
So we just hung out (and Thorsten joined us, too). We walked around and played some games, went back to the Biergarten (the crowd had thinned out tremendously at this point). We talked and drank (I had the non-alcoholic ones since I was the official DD). Before we knew it, it was passed 1am. That was when we decided to ‘start’ our way back to the car…..but first, more food had to be consumed….
I really enjoy these fests. Hell, I love going to the State Fair but it’s only once a year. But here in Germany there are fests all the time! Winning!