By Josh Moniz, Staff Writer
NEW ULM - The City of New Ulm enjoyed beer, food and fun Saturday as people from all over came here to celebrate Bock Fest and Fasching.
Bock Fest, which was held at Schell's Brewery, drew in thousands.
Staff photos by Josh Moniz
Bock Fest was a great success, with a crowd of thousands of people in attendance. For more photos, see page 6B.
Mayor Bob Beussman (right) posed with the winners of the Fasching Costume Contest. Left to right: First place went to the “Four Court Fools” (Julie Rohlke, Elisha Ketteman, Jerrica Rommel and Elyssa of Minot, N.D.), second place went to “The Pirate” (Scott Niemeyer of St. Paul) and third place went to the “De Hexen aus Minot” (Angy Edison of Minot, N.D.).
Schell's Brewery owner Ted Marti said that he was pleased with the turnout. He said that the new bar area, which was added this year, turned out be particularly popular.
A large number participated in the activities at the event, including the performance by the Bock Boys at the bandstand and the Bock Hunt.
The top two prize winners were Janet Weeden from Iowa who earned $200 for finding the Queen Bock and Nick Fruhwirth of New Ulm who earned $250 for finding the King Bock.
Meanwhile at Turner Hall, people were also celebrating Fasching, which is often called the "German Mardi Gras."
People enjoyed food and drink while three different bands (The Concord Singers, Peter and Paul Wendinger and Dain's Dutchmen) took turns performing on stage.
The Narren were present at the festivities, as was their prisoner: Mayor Bob Beussman.
Later in the night, Beussman officiated the Costume Contest. The contestants wore outfits ranging from leprechauns and faeries to pirates. In an interesting twist, there were no winners from New Ulm.
First place went to the "Four Court Fools" (Julie Rohlke, Elisha Ketteman, Jerrica Rommel and Elyssa of Minot, N.D.), second place went to "The Pirate" (Scott Niemeyer of St. Paul) and third place went to the "De Hexen aus Minot" (Angy Edison of Minot, N.D.).
Rohlke, who is a German teacher at Minot High School, said that she brought the Minot girls to New Ulm to show them the Fasching festival. She explained that she had been teaching them about Fasching in her class, so she planned the field trip.
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