NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – Wurstfest in New Braunfels is an annual Texas tradition that celebrates German culture.
The 10-day festival is known for music, food, games, a carnival and lots of beer.
Wurstfest started in 1961 as a festival to honor sausage -- no, seriously.
In 2006, millions of television viewers got a taste of Wurstfest when ABC’s "Good Morning America" came to the festival on Opening Day. More than 3,000 local residents arrived at the grounds by 5:30 a.m. that morning to participate in the live nationwide broadcast, according to Wurstfest.com.
New Braunfels will welcome thousands of visitors Nov. 3-12.
Gates open at 4 p.m. opening day and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
Entertainment end times vary from 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, 11:30 p.m. Friday and midnight Saturday.
What you need to know
Cash is king -- beer tickets and admission costs are cash only but ATMs can be found on site.
Beer tickets are sold on Wurstfest grounds and are required for alcohol purchases, they can also be purchased online here.
Rain or shine -- Wurstfest carries on even when it’s raining.
Only trained service animals are allowed on festival grounds. Emotional support animals are not protected under the same laws as service animals and therefore are not required to be permitted on Wurstfest grounds.
Leave the pocket knife at home or in the car. Weapons (including regular pocket knives) aren’t permitted at Wurstfest.
Crazy hats are encouraged, masks are not -- leave them at home.
Sweet Child of WurstfestPosted by Wurstfest on Monday, November 7, 2016
What the heck is masskrugstemmen? It’s when competitors hold out a fully stretched arm while holding a stein full of beer and see who can last the longest with their arm up.
It’s not easy but it’s definitely entertaining.
Men and women will compete separately in two competitions on Nov. 6 and 7.
Get more information on masskrugstemmen here.
Wurstfest is located at 120 Landa Street in New Braunfels.