Everyone has a ‘blast’ as signature fest rolls on

NEW ULM-Bavarian Blast 2014 is off to a strong start. The Thursday night concert saw around 800 attendees, which is nearly double the numbers from last year. “We’re up at least 400 from last year,” said Dodie Wendinger, a member of the Bavarian Blast Board. While the gate numbers for Friday have yet to be calculated, early estimates placed more than 500 people there, as of 3:30 p.m.

Wendinger credits the weather for the higher turnout, saying, “The weather is absolutely marvelous.”

In years previous the Bavarian Blast celebration has been affected heavily by the temperature. This year has been relatively cool compared to last year. In addition, the chances for a rainout are low. This is exciting news for all the volunteers working to make the annual festival a success. The hope is that the mild weather will continue all weekend. Saturday’s events will include a 5k/10 k run at 9 a.m., wiener dog race at 2 p.m., a barrel-rolling contest at 4 p.m., a sauerkraut eating contest at 6 p.m., and new event at 9 p.m.: the stein-holding contest.

In this new event, contestants will compete to see who can hold a full stein in an outstretched arm the longest. For purity of the game and for tradition, Wendinger insisted the stein be filled with beer rather than water, saying “beer would be heavier.”

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