NEW ULM - The 26th Annual Bock Fest celebration will occur Saturday at Schell's Brewery in New Ulm.
Bock Fest runs from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Beer and food will be available during the event.
The Bock Fest Boys will start playing at noon and continue until the celebration concludes.
The Bock medallion hunt starts at 11 a.m. when clues are distributed. Participants will then search for wooden, goat-head cutouts (bocks) in the adjacent Flandrau State Park. Monetary prizes are awarded to the finders of the bocks.
The 2011 Bock Fest features several changes.
General admission has been raised to $10. Portions of the proceeds will be donated to the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Program in support of the New Ulm's National Guard unit that is scheduled to deploy this year.
Entrance requirements have also been changed. No one under 21 will be admitted. Also, anyone who is clearly intoxicated prior to the event will not be admitted.
There will be a separate line for the people who purchased advanced tickets. The line does not guarantee faster admittance, but it guarantees that festgoers will be able to enter the event.
Finally, the grounds that Bock Fest operates on have been expanded. An additional bar will be located in the woods, on the pre-trail leading to the Bock Hunt Trail.
Saturday events don't stop with Bock Fest.
The Concord Singers Fasching will be held from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. in historic Turner Hall.
Fasching, sometimes referred to as the "German Mardi Gras," originates from the German Alps and is designed to chase winter away. The event will feature German food, beverage, music, and dancing.
Musical performances include The Concord Singers at 11 a.m. to noon, 2 to 3 p.m. and 7:30 to 8:15 p.m.; Peter and Paul Wendinger Band at 5 to 7 p.m., 8:15 to 10 p.m.; and the Dain's Dutchmen Band at noon to 2 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m.
Also part of the celebration is the "Parade of Costumes" contest. The judging will take place at 7 p.m. Costumes are encouraged but not required for Fasching.
(Josh Moniz can be e-mailed at firstname.lastname@example.org)