Say “Guten Tag” to GermanFest in Guttenberg

A giant pretzel? Wunderbar! You’ll find a few at the annual GermanFest in eastern Iowa.

And with a name like Guttenberg, it’s got to be good. The 32nd annual GermanFest next weekend, Sept. 22 and 23, in the proudly German town on the Mississippi offers all the festivities you’d expect: live music, food trucks and plenty of beer, including a home brew contest and tasting at noon on Saturday.

You can also see a 1913 edition of the Gutenberg Bible on display at the Guttenberg Public Library. (Note to sticklers: The book has one “t”; the town has two.)

Beyond that, three particular festival highlights caught our attention: polka lessons at 5:30 p.m. Friday, an open house at the river’s lock and dam house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, and … drum roll, please … weiner dog races at high noon on Saturday. Who doesn’t love a dashing dachshund?

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