THE Wimmera will come alive with German food, dancing and music in October for the reinvigorated Mixx FM Wimmera German Fest. The event is the brainchild of the Blue Ribbon Foundation’s Horsham branch, in partnership with Wimmera Health Care Group and Horsham Rural City Council.
The festival in Horsham on October 24 will celebrate German culture and the Germanic and Wendish history and early settlement of the Wimmera region. It will feature multiple stages with a variety of entertainment options, with both traditional German songs and other music.
The festival is a fundraiser for the Blue Ribbon Foundation Horsham branch, which will donate the money to Wimmera Base Hospital’s emergency department.
It follows the former Dimboola German Fest, which last ran in 2008 and raised money for the town’s hospital. Festival steering committee chairman Peter Daffy said three headline acts would treat Wimmera people to music and dancing at the event at Horsham Showground.
South Australia’s Klemzig Oompah Band, the Hahndorf Town Band and the Elite Accordion Band from Adelaide are confirmed for the event.
Among the other highlights of the event will be German poetry, cultural displays, and a sausage competition. Mr Daffy said people could visit the website to buy tickets or for more information.
Tickets are limited to 1500.
Mr Daffy said early bird ticket prices applied until September 30.
Tickets during the early bird period are $20 for adults, or $40 for adults and a German beer stein. After September 30, tickets are $25 for entry only, or $50 for entry and a stein. Children can attend the event for free.
The event will run from 1pm to 8pm.
Mixx FM is the event’s major sponsor.
The Wimmera Mail-Times is a gold sponsor.
For more information and to purchase
Tickets, please visit:
www.wimmeragermanfest.com.au or at the Wimmera Regional Library, McLachlan Street, Horsham