Colorful rags flap in the wind

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt Volunteers placed Fasching rags on posts downtown Sunday.

in the traditional Fasching ribbons Sunday.

Volunteers said it was actually easier to hang the ribbons this year because it was far less windy than last.

The group began placing the colorful strips on lamp posts at noon and completed the task by 2 p.m.

The hanging of the cloth strips is a German tradition that dates back to the 13th century. The cloth symbolizes the end of winter with a seasonal spring cleaning. Old unused material is thrown out of the home.

The material used by volunteers was donated to the Fasching committee over a decade ago. Much of the material is re-used each year.

The cloths will remain on lamp posts and signs through the Fasching holiday.

The Fasching fun is scheduled to begin Friday, March 1.

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