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Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival

Celebrating our German Heritage with music, beer, food and fun!

June 9-12 at Heritage Park

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Burns leads CEC in 2011

READY FOR A BUSY WEEKEND: The 53 annual Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival will be held in Heritage Park June 9-12. This year’s Bavarian Festival President is Juli Burns, right, pictured with her husband Brian and her daughter Valoree. (News photo) rd

Volunteer involvement can lead to bigger positions in the Frankenmuth community. Take Juli Burns, who calls herself “an adopted Frankenmuthian.” Burns was working with the Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival’s souvenir stand about one decade ago. This Thursday afternoon, she will preside over the 53rd annual festival, set for June 9-12, in Heritage Park and the Harvey Kern Community Pavilion. A Tuscola native, Burns graduated from Vassar High School in 1990 and will be married 20 years July 13 to her

50th annual Bavarian Festival in 2008. “He asked me to become the second vice-president and I hesitantly agreed thinking I will need to run for his position in a few years,” Burns recalled. The next year, Burns felt comfortable running for the first vice-president position but she knew that she may not be able to run for president the following year. “When it was finally my turn, I asked Dan Martuch to run in my place knowing that there were many things happening in 2010,

“I finally just stepped in and ran for the high honor of CEC president. So far, I’m having a wonderful time,” -Juli Burns, 2011 CEC President husband Brian. They have one daughter, Valoree, 18. Local involvement is also part of her brother Matt TerBurgh’s philosophy. Matt was the 2010 Frankenmuth Jaycee president. “I remember helping Angie Kern with the souvenir booth for several years, I believe around 2001 or 2002 – before the pavilion was built. She thought I would do a wonderful job as director,” Burns said. “I agreed but little did I know that I was her replacement.” Burns, 40, spent one year as a director and began moving up the ladder. “Brett Blegen took me under his wing and taught me many things which I very much appreciate,” Burns noted. Blegen was president of the

not to mention my daughter graduating and heading to Australia in June, 2010,” Burns explained. Martuch was the 2010 CEC president and is now the immediate past president. He has lent his experiences for last year to Burns. “I finally just stepped in and ran for the high honor of CEC president. So far, I’m having a wonderful time,” Burns said. During her time with the CEC, she has taken note of the CEC membership, the board and the community. “We have a great bunch of members and I would love to add to them. This festival can never be run without the supporters, the board of directors and the community,” Burns added.

One organization especially propelled her and husband Brian into the community. “I have been an active member of the Frankenmuth Darting Association for about 15 years and on the board for the last 10 of them. This is kind of where I got my start in the Frankenmuth area. I met many local people here and everything just fell into place after that. I call myself the adopted Frankenmuthian,” Burns quipped. Over the past decade, the Burns family has been seen volunteering time to many local projects, including the recentlycompleted and very successful World Expo of Beer, operated by the Frankenmuth Jaycees. Burns other interests include dancing, softball and music. Juli took dance lessons at Judy Kanary School of Dance in Vassar since age 4 and also taught at the school. She played softball with the Tuscola Softball Association, from age 4 until 18, and currently plays co-ed softball in a Frankenmuth Parks and Recreation Department league, giving her further exposure. Burns has implemented a few changes for the 53rd annual festival, including moving the Princess Coronation from Thursday evening to Saturday afternoon. “We wanted to spotlight the girls a little more, giving them Saturday afternoon, rather than a quick evening ceremony,” Burns said. Making a first-time appearance at the festival will be the Original Strudel Factory from Conneaut, Pennsylvania. “They will have a variety of fruit strudels and will be able to sell them inside and outside of the pavilion,” Burns said. In addition to Hofbrau and Anheuser-Busch beer products, a cocktail bar will return. New this year will be a Jaegermeister promotional event, to be held 8-10pm Friday and Saturday in the pavilion. The promotion will include visits by the Jaeger girls. A German Fashion Show will follow the Princess Coronation at 4:30pm, led by Bavarian Specialties owner Andy Schwarzkopf. This new 30-minute event will feature authentic Deutschland apparel modeled by men, women and children. On Bavarian Sunday, Burns credits Martuch for the idea of having a “polka jam session” in the Sommer Garten in Heritage Park. Tommy Schober and the Sounds of Sorgenbrecher, who have played at every fest since 2003, and local band Polka Riot will be in the 1pm parade. At 3pm, both of their floats will be pulled into Heritage Park for the outdoor polka extravaganza. In the event of inclement weather, the Harvey Kern Community Pavilion will be open. Burns appreciates all the help she has been given this year. “This festival cannot be put on by just one person. The president is just here to help things run smoothly. The volunteers are the ones that make it happen,” Burns concluded.

ON THE COVER: Greg Rummel inspires the crowd to dance while passing by on a float during the 2008 Bavarian Festival parade.

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MUST-HAVE SOUVENIR: One of the more coveted Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival souvenirs are the annual commemorative beer steins, imported from Germany from the Thewalt Company. The gray and blue ceramic steins feature the festival’s timehonored tent crest with a lid. The limited edition steins retail for $40 and may be purchased in the souvenir booth, inside the Harvey Kern Community Pavilion in Heritage Park. (News photo)

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Community sponsors are key to success of Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival Since the Frankenmuth Civic Events Council began organizing the annual Bavarian Festival, the community has played a large role in perpetuating the event. The CEC, which began governing the fests in 1962, is grateful for the amount of volunteers, financial donations and in-kind sponsorship use to conduct the community’s longest-running festival. This year, Festival Sponsorship was chaired by Wayne Cormier, with assistance from Pam Mossner. Again, the community’s businesses, civic groups and individuals have been generous toward the fest, which takes place this long weekend, June 9-12, in Heritage Park. Seven organizations are the festival’s major sponsors,

meaning they donated $1,000 or more to the event. They are: Frankenmuth Insurance, Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland, Bavarian Inn Lodge, Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth, Hofbrauhaus of America and Schaefer & Bierlein ChryslerDodge-Jeep-Gem. There are a number of other sponsors who greatly assist in making the fest happen. They include Star of the West Milling Company, Rau’s Country Store, Diversified Fitness Club, Frankenmuth Credit Union, Frankenmuth Jaycees, Fairfield Inn and Springhill Suites, Duclos Insurance Agency, Edward Jones Investments, Muehlfeld Builders, Kern’s Sausages, Grasel Graphics, K&B Bierlein Builders, Emil

Rummel Insurance Agency, Dr. Richard Skowronski DDS, Drew Zehnder, Little White House on Main, Satow Drugs Store, The Fortress Golf Course, Nuechterlein Jewelry, Sullivan’s Black Forest Brew Haus & Grill, Frankenmuth Florist, Fraza Forklifts, Destinations Formalwear, Mary Ann Farris, Bavarian Specialties, Hoffman Tree Nursery & Garden, Mike Young Buick-GMC and Kroger Store. Donations are used to fund the Bavarian Princess scholarships and program, the Bavarian Sunday and Kinder Tag parades, equipment and food expenses and more. Cormier sincerely thanks everyone who donated to the 2011 Festival.

FESTIVAL VEHICLES ON THE MOVE IN FRANKENMUTH: The staff and management of Schaefer & Bierlein Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Gem are proud to be the official Bavarian Festival vehicle sponsor. S&B supplied Festival vehicles to the Frankenmuth Civic Events Council executive board for their use during Festival week. Watch for the vehicles to appear on Saturday’s 10am Kinder Tag Parade as well as the 120-unit Bavarian Sunday Parade, which steps off at 1pm June 12. Above, 2011 Bavarian Festival President Juli Burns accepts the keys to her S&B vehicle from Kyle Bierlein, dealership general manager. Look for the vehicles to be back on the lot the Monday after the Fest and ready for sale. (News photo)

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“DUMP THOSE DUCKS!” The Frankenmuth Morning Rotary Club will be conducting its fourth annual “The Great Duck Race” at 11am Saturday, June 11 over the Bavarian Festival weekend. The event will take place just below the Cass River dam off Gunzenhausen Street. Above, Rotary volunteers dump the ducks into the Cass to start last year’s race. The ducks are $5 each and are available from any Morning Rotary Club member or the morning of the race, following the Kinder Tag Parade. First place is $1,000, second place is $500, third place is $250 and 20 additional cash prizes will be given out. (News file photo)

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ROLL OUT THE BARREL? The Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival will again host the annual Festival Olympics, beginning at 7pm Friday, June 10, In Heritage Park’s Sommer Garten. Eight teams will compete in a series of wildlycompetitive games, including the beer barrel roll. The games draw a large audience as they cheer for their favorite civic or business organization.


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2011 Bavarian Festival Parade Line-Up # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51

UNIT NAME Frankenmuth Police Department Saginaw County Sheriff’s Department American Legion Post 150 - Honor Guard Frankenmuth Fire Department World Trade Center Artifact Mobile Medical Response Frankenmuth American Legion Post 150 Frankenmuth Area Blue Star Families Willkommen Banner Frankenmuth High School Band Frankenmuth Athletic Association Theme Banner - Ein Prosit Der Gemutlichkeit Frankenmuth Credit Union Grand Marshalls - Gemutlichkeit Club 2011 Bavarian Princess & Court Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Mayor Gary Rupprecht Oehrlein Dancers 2011 CEC President - Juli Burns Plymouth Fife & Drum Christian Citizenship of St. Lorenz Lutheran Home of Frankenmuth Michigan Sugar Company Michigan Bean Queen Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland Fed-Ex Ground Nascar Vehicle 2011 Parade Chairperson - Kim Hervert Sorgenbrecher Miss Davison & Court Redford Twp Unicylce Club Tribute to Fallen Soldiers Owosso Curwood Festival Gratitude Steel Band Frankenmuth Sister City Committee Michigan Galaxy Pageants - Miss Pre-Teen Michigan Mid-Michigan Madmen Representative Ken Horn Harmony Acres Parade Horses Morrice Homecoming Festival Great Lakes Eye Michigan American Coed Pageant Castle Museum of Saginaw County History St. Lorenz Lutheran Church Donau Dancers Frankenmuth 7-11 Mike Young Buick -Pontiac-GMC - Al Reinert Boy Scouts of America Frankentrost Band Montrose Blueberry Festival Tuscola County 4-H Ambassadors St. Martin Lutheran Church

Former Bavarian Princesses 1963 Kathy (Uebler) Nolan 1964 Diane (Schluckebier) Karst 1965 Marcia (Vanek) Conaway 1966 Vera (Zehnder) Bamberg 1967 Sue (Finkbeiner) Piesko 1968 Faye (Bronner) VanWert 1969 Bonnie (Borchard) Hildner 1970 Carolyn Ann (Goldammer) Frazee 1971 Barbara (Heindl) Jammer 1972 Diane (Scharrer) Pearl 1973 Debbie Eichhorn 1974 Carla (Bronner) Spletzer 1975 Christine (Schwab) Jablonski 1976 Nanette Jekel 1977 Deborah (Lips) Dunnam 1978 Michele Moskal 1979 Lynn (Showerman) Kaiser 1980 Joyce (Gessler) Mello 1981 Andrea (Bueker) Hoffmann 1982 Kimberly Harms 1983 Kathryn (Walker) Welch 1984 Gail (Stephens) Brow 1985 Lisa King 1986 Cheryl (Karst) Dzioba 1987 Kimberly (Kalkman) Jabbar 1988 Kristine (Frank) Gibson 1989 Cynthia (Banes) Keinath 1990 Carla (Reinhardt) Belill 1991 Jennifer (Keller) Standish 1992 Anna (Mossner) Meyer 1993 Bridget (Isquierdo) Smith 1994 Cindy (Maurer) Schroeder 1995 Trish (Spencer) Scharrer 1996 Elizabeth (Deterding) Merrihew 1997 Carolyn (Piesko) Petzing 1998 Laura (Budnik) Brown 1999 Jill Schrems 2000 Jennifer Hart 2001 Kristy (Nemec) List 2002 Megan Savard 2003 Sarah Herzog 2004 Melanie Zuellig 2005 Melinda Frahm 2006 Katie Krafft 2007 Renee Auernhammer 2008 Kasey Gugel 2009 Britney Reinert 2010 Casey Schnitker

THE GRAND MARSHALS . . . for the 2011 Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival’s Sunday Parade will be the Frankenmuth Gemuetlichkeit Club. The men’s singing group formed in the late 1980s and performs German, patriotic and time-honored American songs. Bavarian Festival officials asked our residents to come up with a theme and grand marshals and Ralph Haubenstricker, front row with the beer stein, came up with the winning idea and theme, “A Toast to Bavarian Hospitality.” Look for the group at No. 14 in the parade line up. The parade steps off at 1pm. (News file photo)

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Michigan Galaxy Pageants - Ms. Michigan Sevin O’Brians Mid-Valley Insurance Bringin Back the 80’s Festival Innovative Internet Technologies Parade Judges - Johnny Burke, Bob Hughes & Liz Gelardi Johnny Burke Children’s Foundation 82nd Airborne Division Association Polka Riot McDonald’s of Frankenmuth Star of the West Milling Company Michigan Apple Committee Frankenmuth Farmer’s Market Senator Roger Kahn Richmond Good Ole Days Festival Servpro of Saginaw Allure’a Salon & Spa Flint Oriental Shrine Band Frankenmuth Insurance Company Coupar Creations 2010 Munger Potato Festival Royalty Calliope Music 2010 Bavarian Princess & Court Congressman Dale Kildee Vietnam Dog Handlers Association of Michigan

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Michigan Galaxy Pageants - Miss Teen Michigan Frankenmuth Oktoberfest Sullivan’s Black Forest Those Nature People American Red Cross Blood Services Frankenmuth Technology Solutions Frankenmuth Travel Service Miss Saginaw County Scholarship Program Miss Saginaw County Scholarship Program American Red Cross-Saginaw County St. John’s Lutheran Church Michigan Sugar Company Detroit Pistons Year Round Hoops McDonald GMC/Cadillac Frankenmuth Bible Church Veteran’s Bell Memorial Blasius Saginaw County Commissioner Dennis Krafft Saginaw County Sheriff’s Horse Posse National American Miss Mid-Michigan Renaissance Festival St. Matthews Church-Bridgeport Clio Knights of Columbus Flint Banjo Club Bank of America Saginaw County Farm Bureau Frankenmuth Jaycees Frankenmuth Lion’s Club Tip Up Town USA Emil Rummel Agency Century 21 Signature Realty Excel Dance Team Sue & Esther’s Tea House Bavarian Specialties Mirror Maze Mustang Club of Mid-Michigan Champion Auto Parts Signature Bank Buena Vista Fire Department

HOOPS TOUR COMES TO TOWN: The Detroit Pistons Year Round Hoops Truck Tour will make a stop in Frankenmuth Saturday and Sunday, June 11-12, to participate in the 53rd annual Bavarian Festival, including the Bavarian Sunday Parade and Saturday’s Kinder Tag. At left, Year Round Hoops Coach Aaron Smith and Kinder Tag volunteer Shellie Wenzel pose with the Pistons’ 2004 NBA Championship trophy. The customized trailer has four adjustable-height basketball hoops for games on one side and replicas of the Pistons locker rooms on the other. (Photo courtesy/Pam Mossner)


Variety of beverages “on tap” in 2011 The long-term weekend forecast calls for warm and sunny conditions – just right for the Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival’s beverage offerings. Frankenmuth Civic Events Council (CEC) Bartending Chairman John Harken, along with Co-Chair Jeff Hervert, have a large menu to suit the tastes of all festival attendees. Hofbrauhaus of America and Anheuser-Busch will be providing the beer. Hofbrau varieties will include the Original and Dunkel while Budweiser and Bud Light will also be on tap. Hofbrauhaus of America is headquartered in Frankenmuth, originating here in 1997 under President Fred Schumacher. All four beers are priced the same. A 16-ounce glass is $4, a 32-ounce glass is $7, a new 48-ounce pitcher is $11 and a 48-ounce pitcher refill is $10. For personals looking for “malternatives,” the fest will be offering Bacardi Punch, Bacardi Razz and Smirnoff Blueberry Lemonade. There will also be two varieties of wine. All of the above will be $4 each. Pepsi products in 20-ounce bottles will be selling for $2 each and bottled water is $1 each. On Friday and Saturday, from 8-10pm, a special Jaegermeister promotion will take place, featuring the Jaeger Girls. Jaeger shots will be $4 each and a mixed Jaeger Barrel will be $5 each. A mixed drink cocktail bar will be located inside the Harvey Kern Community Pavilion. Mixed drinks will be $4 a glass. Harken said one large, fullservice bar will be inside the pavilion while an exterior bar will be set up outside in the Sommer Garten.

The sounds of Bavarian Festival...

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VERSATILE WEEKEND! Polka Riot, a Frankenmuth-area, six-member band, made its Bavarian Festival debut last year. This year, the group will play 8pm until midnight Thursday, will alternate with Tommy Schober and the Sounds of Sorgenbrecher Friday, 5-pm until midnight, and Sunday, they will be in the Bavarian Sunday Parade (1pm) and then be a part of a Heritage Park “jam session” beginning around 3pm. Above, Polka Riot performs in the parade and below, they are on stage inside the Harvey Kern Community Pavilion. (News file photos)

TOMMY SCHOBER . . . and the Sounds of Sorgenbrecher will be making their ninth consecutive appearance at the Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival. The four-member band, led by Schober on the sax, plays a wide variety of polkas and upbeat dance music. Above, Schober performs at last year’s fest. (News file photo)

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PAST PRESIDENTS GATHERING: The Frankenmuth Civic Events Council (CEC) past presidents gathered for group photo in 2010. The are, front row (l-r): Jim Herzog, Wayne Cormier, Tom Conzelmann, Harry Boesnecker, Jerry Vandeveer, Bill Speer, Dick Krafft and Bill Varney. Middle: Marty Wenzel, Brett Blegen, Frank Frysh, Kim Hervert and Jon Blegen. Back: Scott Wenzel, Craig Fick, Sue Slivinski, Willy Rummel, Charlie Nickless, Jerry Thompson and Rolland Wenzel. The CEC formed in 1961 and Harry Boesenecker is the oldest living president, organizing the 1964 event. (News file photo)

Civic Events Council Past Presidents 1961-Howard Mueller 1962-Charles Kern 1963-Jack Friebe 1964-Harry Boesnecker 1965-Richard Schluckebier 1966-Gene Schmidt 1967-Dr. Robert Protzman 1968-Tom Conzelmann 1969-Eric Wessborg 1970-Oscar Huber 1971-Allen Nickless 1972-Jack Otter 1973-Richard Krafft 1974-Arnold Krueger 1975-Bill Speer 1976-George Andrew 1977-Ted Luzenske

1978-Ron Hildner 1979-Don Mahlmeister 1980-Jim Williams 1981-Charlie Nickless 1982-Chuck Downey 1983-Jerry Vandeveer 1984-John Deterding 1985-Bill Varney 1986-Tom Jaffke 1987-Jerry Stanton 1988-Elva Kehrberg 1989-Michael Fassezke 1990-Tom Zuellig 1991-Ruth Abraham 1992-Dennis Krafft 1993-Sally Van Ness 1994-Jim Herzog

1995-Joe Cramer 1996-John Compton 1997-Greg Rummel 1998-Jerry Thompson 1999-Sue Slivinski 2000-Willy Rummel 2001-Frank Frysh 2002-Craig Fick 2003-Scott Wenzel 2004-Kim Hervert 2005-Jon Blegen 2006-Wayne Cormier 2007-Rolland Wenzel 2008-Brett Blegen 2009-Martin Wenzel 2010-Dan Martuch

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__________ Dinner Only tickets at $25 each Make checks payable to the Sister City Youth Exchange Mail entries to the Frankenmuth Credit Union c/o Cheryl Mossner P.O. Box 209 • Frankenmuth, MI 48734 Money is required with registration form to guarantee your team’s spot. If not included, your team will be placed on the waiting list. Registration must be received by June 10, 2011. For further details, contact Steve Pickelmann at stevepickelmann@hotmail.com. All funds are earmarked to subsidize sending Frankenmuth High School German students to Gunzenhausen annually.


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Four days of festival fun in Frankenmuth

The 53rd Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival is one week from opening its four-day run in Heritage. The Frankenmuth Civic Events Council (CEC), organizers of the fest, has made some small changes as well as keeping old favorite events. One of the bigger changes involves the Bavarian Princess Coronation. The festival organizer will mark the crowning of the 2011 Bavarian Princess and her Court with a special luncheon during the event. The Bavarian Festival will take place Thursday through Sunday, June 9-12, in Heritage Park and the Harvey Kern Community Pavilion. The Princess Coronation Luncheon will take place beginning at 1pm Saturday, June 11, inside the Kern Community Pavilion. It will follow the fest’s Kinder Tag Parade at 10am and the Frankenmuth Morning Rotary Club’s Duck Race at 11am. This will mark the first time the Bavarian Princess will be crowned on a Saturday. The three finalists are Carolynn Brown, Sarah Hadaway and Christine Varley. The program will include a meal provided by the Bavarian Inn Lodge, featuring champagne chicken, cranberry relish, vegetable medley, herb redskin potatoes and cupcakes from the SugarHigh Bakery. Following lunch, the 2010 Princess Casey Schnitker and Court Attendants Shannon Schaeff and Whitney Townsend will share their year of experiences, along with other scheduled events. Inside the pavilion, The Das Boot Race will take place at 3:30pm. The Maypole Dancers will be performing in the Sommer Garten at 3pm. A firstever German Fashion Show will take place at 4:30pm in the pavilion. Tickets $17 per person with checks to be made out to the Frankenmuth Civic Events

Council and sent to Frankenmuth Civic Events Council, P.O. Box 333, Frankenmuth, MI. 48734. The fest will open at 5pm Thursday, with music from Der Frankenband 5:30-7:30pm. At 7:30pm, the tapping of the official first keg of beer will take place, following by 2010 CEC President Dan Martuch receiving his Past President’s Brown Vest. The Richard G. Krafft Award will be given out to a worthy fest volunteer. From 8pm until midnight, Polka Riot will take the stage. On Friday, the park hours are 4pm until midnight. Inside the pavilion, Polka Riot and Tommy Schober and the Sounds of Sorgenbrecher will alternate, 5pm until midnight. A special visit from the Jagermeister Girls will take place 8-10pm. In the Sommer Garten, the Frankentrost Band will play at 5pm, followed by the raising of the Maibaum at 6pm, the first performance of the Maypole Dancers at 6:30pm and the Festival Olympics at 7pm. On Saturday, in addition to the Princess Coronation Luncheon, puppet shows will take place at noon and 2pm in the Sommer Garten, Der Frankenband will perform 2:30-6pm and the Maypole Dancers return for 3pm and 5pm performances. From 5pm until midnight, the New Brass Express will share the stage with Sorgenbrecher. Sunday will feature the Bavarian Sunday Parade, stepping off at 1pm. The theme is “Ein Prosit Der Gemuetlichkeit (A toast to Bavarian Hospitality). The Frankenmuth Gemuetlichkeit Club, in existence over 20 years, will be the grand marshals, led by Ralph Haubenstricker. While the Harvey Kern Community Pavilion will be closed, Polka Riot and Sorgenbrecher will be playing in the Marv Herzog Fest Platz, beginning at 3pm. The Maypole Dancers will make their final performances at 4pm and 6pm. For more information, visit www.frankenmuthfestivals.com

The Frankenmuth Lions Club has been one of the Bavarian Festival’s longest-running supporters, dating back to when Heritage Park opened in 1970. The club will have its Lion Haus open all four days of the 53rd annual fest, June 9-12. Situated just east of the Harvey Kern Community Pavilion and overlooking the Sommer Garten, it is centrally located for all fest goers. Lions members take shifts serving the food buffet style inside the Lion Haus. The entrée menu includes bratwurst ($3.50), hot dogs ($3), veggie burgers ($4), barbecue pork sandwiches ($4) and fourpiece chicken fingers ($4). The Lions are also offering tasty dinner plates, including Kassler Rippchon (smoked ham tenderloin) or Orjaegerschnitzel with mushroom gravy (seasoned, breaded, fried beef patty) which includes two side dishes for $8. A long list of side dishes is also available, ranging from 50 cents to $3. They include onion rings, fries, sauerkraut, German potato salad, nachos with cheese, hot pretzel, chips, popcorn, caramel corn, candy and cookies. Beverages include 20-ounce soda, lemonade and iced tea ($2) and bottled water, coffee, milk and orange juice ($1). Proceeds from the Lion Haus sales benefit the Leader Dogs for the Blind, Paws for a Cause and other community projects. MEET THE CEC BOARD: Pictured above are the 201011 Frankenmuth Civic Events Council Board of Directors include, seated (l-r) Second Vice-President Amanda Cormier, President Juli Burns and Treasurer Abby Marshall. Back: Director Wendy Rogers, Director Jeff Hervert, Director Shawn Marx, Immediate Past President Dan Martuch, Director Marty Wenzel, Director Chuck Anderson, Director Wayne Cormier, Secretary Scott Wenzel and Director John Harken. Missing: Parliamentarian Jon Blegen, Pam Mossner and Trisha WayFulmer. (News photo)

THE MAYPOLE DANCERS . . . under the direction of Frankenmuth’s Linda Oehrlein, practice their routines with a smaller maypole last Sunday afternoon in Heritage Park. The Maypole Dancers have been a long-time fixture at the annual Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival and they will have their first performance of the event at 6:30pm Friday, June 10, in the Sommer Garten. (News photo)

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Who will be the 2011 Bavarian Princess? Diversity will mark the 2011 Frankenmuth Bavarian Princess Court. The Bavarian Princess Tea was held at Sullivan’s Black Forest Brew Haus & Grill February 19 and a panel of judges chose three finalists from a fine field of area young ladies. The three finalists are Carolynn Brown, 19, of St. Charles; Sarah Hadaway, 18, of Frankenmuth; and Christine Varley, 21, of Frankenmuth. The judges were 2011 Frankenmuth Civic Events Council President Juli Burns, Princess Program Coordinator Abby Marshall, past Bavarian Princess Court attendant Kara Irion, Frankenmuth Festival’s Pam Mossner and Tim Sullivan and Tom Wood of Sullivan’s Black Forest. The trio will begin their year at the 53rd annual Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival, June 9-12, in Heritage Park. Judging by an independent panel of 3-5 persons will take place Sunday, June 5, with the 2011 Princess to be named at the Coronation Celebration, set for 1pm Saturday, June 11, in the Harvey Kern Community Pavilion in Heritage Park. Tickets for the Cornonation Luncheon are $17 each and may be obtained by calling the Festival Officer, 652-3378 or visiting the Festival web site at www.frankenmuthfestivals.com. Carolynn Brown is the daughter of Jerry and Arthea Brown. She is currently a sophomore at Saginaw Valley State University, where she belongs to the Saginaw Valley Writing Center. While at FHS, Carolynn participated in Miss Christine’s Dance Directions, cheerleading, president of SADD, Spirit Club,, Prom Committee, an intern at NBC 25, an English tutor at SVSU, coach of the MLS Pom Team and Co-op at Dow Corning. “Every little girl dreams one day of being a princess, and I am hoping that this dream can come true for me,” Brown said. Brown sees being princess as a way to guide her to a career choice. “I know that I would have an opportunity to network with many people through this program, which will help me make a career decision. The experience, and connections made through the Bavarian Princess program would help to grant me insight into my future,” Brown added. Brown said her best quality is to be a role model and leader. She said she has demonstrated that trait through dance class teaching at Miss Christine’s and the poms team. “My future aspirations are finding a career that I will be able to utilize my leadership abilities in, and become successful and happy,” Brown said. “Being Bavarian Princess is an opportunity that will require my personal best in new surroundings and in effect, this will help guide me down the correct path in life.” The five words Carolynn chose to describe herself were honest, dedicated, loyal, morality and being light hearted. Sarah Hadaway is the daughter of Sue (Mahlmeister) Slivinski and Kurt Hadaway. She is currently a senior at Frankenmuth High School and she plans to attend Western Michigan University this fall to pursue a nursing degree. While at FHS, Hadaway participated in cheerleading, track and field, soccer, Spirit Club, SADD, band, St. Lorenz Youth Leadership Team and the INAMIAH Mission Trip Team. “There are many reasons why I would love to represent Frankenmuth by being Bavarian Princess. I have lived here my entire life and ever since I was a little girl the Princess’ were always a highlight of mine throughout the town’s annual events,” Hadaway said. “My mom and grandpa were both presidents of the Bavarian Festival, so I have never missed one.” Hadaway feels she is a motivated person, a trait that would translate well as princess. “I am a positive individual with the motivation and charisma that can relate to any generation. The Bavarian Princess is one who

must represent the people of Frankenmuth,” Hadaway explained. “As princess, this would give me an active role in the community to represent the people of Frankenmuth, no matter what culture or age.” Hadaway has a college and career plan that brings her back home in the future. “Nursing is my aspiration. I plan on attending Western Michigan University’s Nursing School along with moving back to Frankenmuth after graduation. With knowing this, I feel as if being the Bavarian Princess will encourage my inspiration to be the unique individual that I am set out to be,” Hadaway said. The five words Sarah chose to describe herself were motivated, organized, Christian, personable and encouraging. Christine Varley is the daughter of Mike and Debbie Varley. She is attending Michigan State University where she belongs to the Society of Applied Engineering Sciences, Spartan Ambassadors, MSU Tower Guard, Spartan mascot escort, Michigan State Dance Club and Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity. While at FHS, Varley participated in Student Council, National Honor Society, Spirit Club, Spanish Club, basketball, volleyball, cheerleading, forensics and SADD. “Ever since I was a little girl, I always looked up to the Bavarian Princess and her Court and dreamed of being able to be that strong role model that I had when I was younger. In addition to fulfilling a dream, I would like to be Bavarian Princess because I am excited about the opportunity to travel all across the state to represent Frankenmuth,” Varley said. “This city has given me so many amazing opportunities and has been a wonderful place to live all of my life with such a deep history.” Varley believes her personality and demeanor would make her a good choice for princess. “One thing that I find in myself is that I am very outgoing and personable. As a princess, I feel as though these are important qualities to possess when meeting new and different people,” Varley pointed out. “This goes along with being personable. One of my future aspirations is to be a part of the Teach for America program.” She also feels her fond affiliation with MSU will help her along he way. “I have always been an extreme advocate for things that have greatly improved and shaped my life. I am an ambassador for MSU because I love to tell others how much the university has given me . . . Frankenmuth is a place to me much like Michigan State, and to be a face that represents the city to other people would truly be an honor,” Varley said. The five words Christine chose to describe herself were loyal, personable, outgoing, caring and trustworthy.

ONE TO BE CROWNED: The 2011 Bavarian Princess and Court will be chosen at the Princess Coronation Luncheon Saturday, June 11. The luncheon will begin at 1pm, with tickets $17 each. The trio is (l-r) Carolynn Brown, Sarah Hadaway and Christine Varley. Please see story at the left. (Photo courtesy/Rummel Studio)

Traditional chicken barbecue at Bavarian Festival One of the Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival’s long-time staple foods lets people know its there long before anyone sees or tastes it. Barbecue chicken dinners were a part of the first festivals over 50 years ago and today, the gas grills are conveniently placed in the rear of the Sommer Garten in Heritage Park. Thanks to Fred Beythan Jr., Steve Schreiner and the rest of the crew, the grills are well maintained and turn out some

of the best and juiciest chicken breast, legs and thighs around. Returning organizations manning the grills this year will be the Frankenmuth Noon Rotary Club on Friday, June 10 (58pm), the Frankenmuth Jaycees on Saturday, June 11 (noon until gone) and the Richville American Legion Post #400 on Sunday, June 12, beginning at 2pm. A full size chicken dinner is $8 each and a half is $7. Both meals come with all the fixings, plus

the choice of beverage. Tickets are available on the festival grounds. The Noon Rotary Club will also be offering their hot pretzels from their counter near the festival’s front entrance. Rotary members will also be “hawking” pretzels on the grounds as well along Main Street on Sunday for the Bavarian Parade. Pretzels are $1 each. The Original Strudel Factory will be offering 13-ounce fruit strudels for $8 each or a bag of

cinnamon sticks for $5 each. This year’s rides and games will be provided by TJ Schmidt Amusements of Standish. Allday ride wrist bands as well as individual ride tickets will be available on the grounds.


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