The Amana Maipole Dancers, all volunteers, have been dancing with their ribbons for more than 30 years. The tradition is seen in many European folk celebrations.
Writer: Hailey Allen
Iowa seems to have gotten the message that spring has arrived, and that’s something worth celebrating. Head to the Amana Colonies this Saturday and Sunday (April 30 and May 1) to experience Maifest, the annual festival welcoming the season.
The revelry kicks off with a Saturday morning parade followed by the dirndl-wearing Amana Maipole Dancers performing German traditional dances and songs. Indulge in food from diverse cultures at the World Food Truck Fare and find a variety of live entertainment at Festhalle Barn.
On Sunday, go on the Wine, Beer, and Chocolate Walk to sample some of the main village’s best offerings while filling up your punch card. Enough punches and you score a sweet, souvenir Maifest drinking glass.
Maifest is held in the main village; find other event details and times on the Amana Colonies’ website.