Gäubodenvolksfest

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Gäubodenvolksfest, Straubing
The Erntekrone at Night
View from the Donaubridge
Home decoration at Straubinger Stadtplatz in Gäubodenvolkfest-Time
The Ferris wheel at Night
Gäubodenvolksfest, Straubing
Gäubodenvolksfest 2011 - The Ferris wheel at Night Art

The Gäubodenvolksfest in Straubing is the second-largest genuine folk festival in Bavaria, after the Munich Oktoberfest.[1]

History[edit]

The Gäubodenvolksfest was founded by Maximilian I Joseph, King of Bavaria in the year 1812 as an agricultural festival to organize an annual meeting of the people in the Danube region.

Description[edit]

The Gäubodenvolksfest is a modern and family-friendly festival with about 120 carousels, roller coasters and six big beer tents with 25,000 seats at an area of about 90,000 m²., but it has upheld its traditional character. Many of the approximately 1.2 million visitors wear Bavarian costume ("Trachten").

The festival combines Bavarian tradition with progress and vitality. It is one of Bavaria's oldest and most popular festivals and it has increased to one of the biggest events in Germany. Beer plays a central role in the fair. The beer is specially brewed. Only breweries from Straubing or the district Straubing-Bogen are allowed to serve beer there.

On the first day of the festival there is a "Bierprobe", which means "beer tasting" and a parade with 2,000 participants in native attire on foot, on horses, or in horse carriages.

On the second day there is the official opening with a representative of the Bavarian or German government.

The festival is held every year in the middle of August and lasts 11 days. The festival is celebrated by the whole city as a "fifth season", and many companies are closed down during this time.

Combined with the Gäubodenvolksfest is the Ostbayernschau, the biggest trade show of eastern Bavaria.[2]

Statistics (2011)[edit]

  • Number of visitors: 1.35 millions
  • Beer: 730,000 litre
  • Breweries: 6 with 25,000 seats
  • Length: 2,500 metres
  • Price of a one-liter mug of beer (Maß): 7.40 €

Attractions[edit]

  • Olympia Looping – The biggest moveable roller coaster of the world with five loopings – every two or three years
  • Star World – The biggest movable Indoor roller coaster of the world – every two or three years
  • Wilde Maus – a family roller coaster
  • Feuer und Eis (Fire and Ice) – a roller coaster
  • Free fall tower – not every year
  • Chairoplane
  • Bumper car
  • Transformer – a great carousel – not every year
  • Bavarian Big Wheel
  • Whitewater channel
  • Horse riding
  • children and family friendly carousels
  • Revues and shows
  • Bavarian and international food and beverages
  • a parade with Bavarian and international folklore and beer carriages
  • a romantic parade with boats, swimmers, and torches on the Danube
  • a boxing match and other sport events
  • two fireworks displays
  • the beer tents with Bavarian folk music and mood music

Dates of next events[edit]

  • 2010: 13 to 23 August
  • 2011: 12 to 22 August
  • 2012: 10 to 20 August
  • 2013: 09 to 19 August
  • 2014: 08 to 18 August

Beer tents[edit]

Weckmann

Brewery:, Röhrl Straubing

Krönner

Brewery: Irlbacher, Irlbach

Lechner

Brewery: Irlbacher, Irlbach

Nothaft

Brewery: Karmeliten, Straubing

Reisinger

Brewery: Arcobräu, Moos

Wenisch

Brewery: Erl-Bräu, Geiselhöring

Greindl

Brewery: Karmeliten, Straubing

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 48°53′02″N 12°33′51″E / 48.88389°N 12.56417°E / 48.88389; 12.56417

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gäubodenvolksfest in Straubing", bavaria.us, downloaded Dec. 11, 2014.
  2. ^ "Ostbayernschau", ausstellungsgmbh.de, downloaded Dec. 11, 2014.