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Wurstfest brings out German-cultured enthusiasts

by Steve Dlugosz The Bavarian Nut Company, as prior to the German American Chris Meyer and Paul We-
well as music performed by The Musicians. Others enjoyed vari- ber, each of Erie, PA, both of
Rainy weather at the June 24 Auslanders and the German ous beers in interesting stein whom were attending Wurstfest
Wurstfest celebration at Buf- American Musicians, were high- mugs. for the first time, described the
falo River Fest Park could not lighted as part of the event. steins on hand as "the best beer-
dampen the spirits of enthusiasts drinking vessel."
who indulged in traditional Ger- Schmidt and others participat-
man activities – music, food and ed in a game of Hammerschlagen Meanwhile, Clarence and Di-
drink. – which featured players striking ana Geiger of Cheektowaga came
a nail into a large cross section of to listen to The Auslanders, de-
A celebration that's been in ex- a tree. Nails are placed around its scribing themselves as longtime
istence since the late 1950s, Wurst- circumference; each player gets fans of the band.
fest, according to Herb Schmidt, his or her own nail, and a striking
executive director of the Buffalo tool is passed from one player to "They're wonderful," Clarence
Niagara Heritage Village, was the next, with players swinging at Geiger said of The Auslanders.
moved to River Fest Park five their nail until the nail is counter- "The band has played together for
years ago and serves as one of the sunk into the wood. a long time, and we love listening
longest-running German-American
celebrations in Western New York. Revelers took cover from the
rain under numerous tents to enjoy
A number of traditional food the musical sounds of The Aus-
and beer vendors, such as Schnitzel landers, who performed on stage
and Company of East Amherst and
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