Leavenworth Washington is proud to present Maifest in May 2011

This Bavarian tradition brings Maifest Flowers, Music, Entertainment, Maipole Dance, and Parades to the heart of our unique town.  If you are in the neighborhood be sure to come by May13th through the 15th for the Annual Maifest tradition. 

 At noon on Saturday you hear the Alp horn opening the celebration.  A wave of town people wearing lederhosen and dresses will waltz their way down the parade route along with goats, horse-drawn wagons, and Bernese Mountain dogs. Flowers are blooming in baskets throughout the town hung on anything that will stand still. We may even still have snow capped mountains for that picture perfect atmosphere. Amid vibrant green hills, lush evergreens and the smells of gingerbread and sauerkraut permeatin the senses this is truly the Leavenworth event not to be missed.

Oompah music plays while traditional folk dancers prepare the crowd for the popular maibaum dance. Local bands perform throughout the afternoon and artists and local businesses display their items and offer tantilizing tastes. Take a break and enjoy some of our local fair on our benches and a quiet trail meandering along the river, located right behind the town on Blackbird Island

This celebration of Spring is sure to impress with not only the Grand parade but live entertainment including the traditional German dancing including the Maipole Dance. Take in all the sites and sounds of the most notable town in Washington.

Located in Downtown Leavenworth you can't miss the festivities on this weekend. Call 509-548-5807 for more local information.

Maifest

Friday May 13th
 

4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Alpenfolk presents the music and folklore of the alps! Authentic instruments and singing and yodeling you can get a sense of the way music was meant to be played in the ALPS!
 


Saturday  May 14th
 

7:00 a. m. (Registration) 8:00 a. m. (Start) MAIFEST VILLAGE RENNEN SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY FUN RUN
Join us for our annual Maifest Fun Run! The parent group from Icicle River Middle School will be supoorting local businesses and children's education. This is not a timed event and every participant will receive a T-shirt. Parking at the City Pool parking lot - meet at the May Pole.

10:00 a.m. - SOUTH SOUND YOUTH CHOIR Cancelled on March 21, 2011
All the way from across the other side of the mountain,  Federal Way and the South Puget Sound areas of Washington, this youth group provides superb performances under the direction of Chris de Leon and Megan Oberfield

11:00 a. m. - 12:00 p. m. LOOKING GOOD IN BAVARIAN CONTEST
Want to try your hand at the visual feast of traditional Bavarian attire. Wear your Lederhosen, Dirndl, socks or hat and join in the competition for the events most colorful, largest, smallest, or even youngest categories - 8 Categories to choose from! After the competiton, join in our Parade to show off your stuff! Everyone's a winner in this classic favorite

12:00 p.m. PARADE AND GRAND MARCH
Townspeople and visitors in Bavarian garb, horses and carriages, Leavenworth's Bierwagen, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Vintage Volkswagens and more. Join in the Grand March and Procession!

12:45 p.m. HERZLICH WILLKOMMEN - Opening Ceremonies A Heartfelt Welcome
Dignitaries will bid farewell to our 2009 Junior miss and Royal Lady and welcome our 2010 Royalty. Join us with the Burgermeister, Rob Eaton, for all the fun and fanfare.

1:00 p.m. MAIPOLE DANCE AND OTHER TRADITIONAL DANCES - Enzian Schuhplattler
Since 1965, Seattle's premier dance group will entertain Leavenworth audiences with their numerous traditional German dances. Prepare yourself for a world class performance.

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. PACIFIC NORTHWEST GERMAN CHORAL GROUPS
A combination of three Choral groups from Vancouver, B.C., Spokane, WA, and Portland, OR. Stay tuned for more information coming soon!

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p. m. MAIPOLE DANCE AND OTHER TRADITIONAL DANCES - Enzian Schuhplattler
Since 1965, Seattle's premier dance group will entertain Leavenworth audiences with their numerous traditional German dances. Prepare yourself for a world class performance.
 


Sunday  May 15th
 

11:00 - 12:00 p. m. WELCOME
A special 'Week After" Mothers Day Welcome. Our Distinguished Young Women will be handing out flowers to all our visiting mothers.

12:15 - 1:00 p. m. MAIPOLE DANCE AND OTHER TRADITIONAL DANCES - Enzian Schuhplattler
Since 1965, Seattle's premier dance group will entertain Leavenworth audiences with their numerous traditional German dances. Prepare yourself for a world class performance.

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. MUSIKKAPELLE LEAVENWORTH
The Bavarian Village's town band, directed by Chris Shimer, performs at all major Leavenworth festivals and events. They play concert numbers as well as marches, waltzes and polkas typical of Bavaria.

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p. m. MAIPOLE DANCE AND OTHER TRADITIONAL DANCES - Enzian Schuhplattler
Since 1965, Seattle's premier dance group will entertain Leavenworth audiences with their numerous traditional German dances. Prepare yourself for a world class performance.

These are based on 2010 events and may be subject to change.

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