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Maifest (or Mayfest in English) is the traditional German celebration of the arrival of spring. Maifest is still celebrated throughout Germany with the maibaum (maypole) decorated to show off the history and crafts of the town.

Maifest, similar to Oktoberfest, has now become a popular celebration throughout the world. It has been celebrated in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States since 1873.[1]

One of the most popular celebrations of Maifest is that of Brenham, Texas, a town with a heavy German ancestry. The Maifest is an ongoing attraction for an entire weekend which highlights the towns proud German heritage with historical demonstrations and displays.


  1. ^ Tolzmann, Don Heinrich (Aug 22, 2011). "German Cincinnati Revisited". Arcadia Publishing. p. 27. Retrieved 2013-05-21.