Renderings show new Marktplatz building at Wurstfest grounds in New Braunfels

Marktplatz building was declared ‘total loss’ after November 2019 fire

Wurstfest will be ready for its 60th annual celebration in 2020 following a devastating fire that sparked Thursday night and reignited Friday morning at the festival grounds in New Braunfels, officials said.

NEW BRAUNFELS, TexasWurstfest will be ready for its 60th annual celebration in New Braunfels after the Marktplatz building was declared a total loss due to a devastating fire last November.

Renderings posted to the Wurstfest Facebook page show what the new building is expected to look like when it’s completed sometime this year.

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Wurstfest will kick off Nov. 6 and will commemorate the 175th anniversary of the founding of New Braunfels.

“We have no doubt we will be back, we are resilient," said Kelly Kistner, chief of security and safety for Wurstfest, at a press conference in November.

Marktplatz building a ‘total loss’ after fire at Wurstfest grounds in New Braunfels, official says

The adjacent Wursthalle building sustained smoke and heat damage but was still considered structurally sound following the fire.

KSAT’s Sky 12 helicopter flew overhead and captured video of some of the damage to the buildings after the fire was extinguished.

The fire reportedly started Thursday night and crews were able to get it under control, however, the fire reignited Friday morning.

Wurstfest is a New Braunfels tradition that started in 1961 and celebrates the city’s German heritage. The 10-day annual festival, which attracts thousands of visitors every year, wrapped up just days before the devastating fire.

A fire reignites at Wurstfest grounds in New Braunfels. (KSAT)

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