The best of the 'wurst'

It's again time to get out the dirndils and lederhosen ... Wurstfest, the biggest Oktoberfest in Texas, begins Friday, October 29. The 10-day tribute to music, dancing, food and drink runs continuously until Sunday, November 7, at the Wurstfest grounds along the beautiful Comal River at Landa Park in New Braunfels.

Wurstfest President Doug Miller and President-Elect and General Festival Chairman Jeff Albrecht preside over the festivities, now in it's 44th year! Miller is the owner of Miller & Miller Insurance, Chairman of the Board of the Edwards Aquifer Authority and a former mayor of the city of New Braunfels. Albrecht is a CPA and Managing Partner with the firm of Sol Schwartz & Associates in San Antonio, a past president of the Downtown Rotary Club, and a tireless "behind-the-scenes" Opa with Wurstfest since 1985.

As in past years, community organizations and businesses play a big role in the operation of concessions on the Wurstfest property. And nothing tops the quality of the entertainment ... of course The Jimmy Sturr Orchestra will be holding court Thursday through Sunday, November 4-7. The 13-time Polka Grammy Award winners head a company of scores of bands and entertainers appearing on three different stages: the Little Tent, the Big Tent, and the Wursthalle.

Wurstfest opens on weekdays at 5 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. Wurstfest closes at midnight on Thursday and Fridays, 11 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, 1 a.m. on Saturdays, and at 10 p.m. on the last Sunday.

Festival admission is for the day and is $8.00 per person. Children age 12 and under are admitted free. Patrons who wish to leave the grounds and return may have their hands stamped at the gate. Shirts and shoes are required. No food and drink may be brought into the grounds. No pets except those for the visually impaired.

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