Luxembourg Fest is scheduled for August

In-person event to once again be held after skipping last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic

The Luxembourg American Cultural Society has announced the 35th annual Luxembourg Fest of America will be celebrated in Belgium Aug. 13 to 15.

The fest will kick off Friday evening with live music by Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys with Westside Andy, sponsored by the Paramount Music Association.

On Saturday, Aug. 14, the parade starts at 10 a.m. and heads west down Main Street to the festival grounds at Community Park, led by the traditional Hammelsmarsch (sheep march), which kicks off all Luxembourgish festivals.

The park will host the world’s largest treipen-eating contest and the Luxembourg Fest Street Market. Samples of Luxembourgish beers, wines and ciders will be available through Ansay International’s “Taste of Luxembourg,” featuring Patrick Berg of Luxembourg’s Domaines Vinsmoselle winery.  

Photos with the living statue of Luxembourg’s Gelle Frä, (“Golden Lady”) will be available, and people may brush up on their Luxembourgish with signs in the language scattered about the grounds.

Treipen sampler platters will be offered and frozen treipen will be available for purchase.

New this year is a caricature artist providing hand-drawn renderings of guests’ experiences.  

As part of the 35th anniversary, Luxembourg Fest will pay tribute to all families who have served as honored families and will invite past honored families to participate in the parade. 

A car show will be held, and a photo exhibit by Ozaukee Press’ late photographer Vern Arendt will be set up for guests to identify the people in his vast collection of photos.

The Jolly Good Kids’ Zone for children’s entertainment will again be provided at no charge, with hay bales, balloon animals and magic and illusion shows by Glen Gerard. 

Division BMX will perform, and music will be provided by Chicago’s Devon DeLux, Sheboygan’s Nitro Five, and headlining act Star Six Nine.   

Sunday will be reserved for the Luxembourg Fest polka Mass at 10 a.m., followed by the Luxembourg Fest pageantry, where the Duke and Duchess of Fest, Pat and Rhonda Krier, will be crowned. Live polka music by the Goodtime Dutchmen will continue beyond the service. Lunch includes a menu of American picnic fare and treipen.

Luxembourg Fest planners are monitoring the Covid-19 situation and all plans are subject to change, pending the pandemic guidelines.

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