The Weiner Dog Dash is a popular event at GermanFest in Guttenberg, Sept. 24–25. Photo: Travel Iowa
Sited right on the Mississippi River, Guttenberg in northeast Iowa will celebrate its 30th GermanFest on Sept. 24 and 25. And the event promises a complete weekend of fun.
There are numerous ways to participate. Run a 5k, learn to polka dance, see how many brats you can eat, and test out your home brew and sauerkraut recipes against other enthusiasts. And if you have a dachshund, see how fast he or she can fly against others in the Weiner Dog Dash. Of course, there’s German beer, live music and more food, including a roast pork and brat dinner. For the kids, find games, a rock-climbing wall and inflatables. Look for hotels or vacation rentals in Dubuque, about 40 miles to the south.
German roots run deep in Guttenberg, which was settled by the immigrant group in the mid-1840s. Fun fact: The town takes its name after the inventor of moveable type—the Guttenberg press.
Find more information on GermanFest here.
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