The Gäubodenvolksfest in Straubing, Germany

I am sharing some pictures of the Gäubodenvolksfest in Straubing, Germany. These pictures was taken last August 15, 2009. This was our first visit to this fair. Gäubodenvolksfest is considered to be the second largest fair festival next to Oktoberfest in Munich. It was said to be founded by Maximilian I Joseph, King of Bavaria in the year 1812 as an agricultural festival to organize an annual meeting of the people in the Danube region. Have fun watching the pictures here.

that’s me taking a pose in one of the beer tents.
the Ferris wheel at the Gäubodenvolksfest
there are a lot of people who wear Trachten and Lederhose during the festival. Trachten and Lederhose (leather pants) are considered to be the National costume of Germany as you can see in the picture above.

The Gäubodenvolksfest is a modern and family friendly festival with about 120 carousels, roller coasters and six big beer tents with 24.000 seats at an area of about 90.000 m²., but it has upheld its traditional character. Many of the about 1.2 million visitors wear Bavarian costume (“Trachten”).

The festival combines Bavarian tradition with progress and vitality. It is one of Bavaria’s oldest and most popular festivals and it has increased to one of the biggest events in Germany. Beer plays a central role in the fair. The beer is specially brewed. Only breweries from Straubing or the district Straubing-Bogen are allowed to serve beer there.

On the first day of the festival there is a “Bierprobe”, that means “trying of the beer” and a parade with 2,000 participants in native cloths on foot, on horses or horse carriages.

On the second day there is the official opening with a representative of the Bavarian or German government.

The festival is held every year in the middle of August and lasts 11 days. The festival is celebrated by the whole city as a “fifth season”, and many companies are closed down during this time.

Combined with the Gäubodenvolksfest is the Ostbayernschau, the biggest fair trade of eastern Bavaria. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%A4ubodenvolksfest

 

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