Organizers hope this year’s Wurst Fest is double the fun.
The city is doubling down on its annual German festival by including Mansfield’s 125th birthday celebration from 2-11 p.m. Sept. 12 in downtown.
“Wurstfest is a little bit bigger this year,” city spokesperson Belinda Willis said. “There will be the same activities — German music, exciting events, family-oriented.”
The city has been celebrating 125 years since January, but Wurstfest is the closest event to the city’s actual birthdate of Aug. 23.
Wurstfest Celebrates Mansfield 125 will include food, beer, live entertainment and many returning favorites, while upping the festivities for the city’s landmark birthday.
That doesn’t mean Wurstfest is losing its German motif. From 2-6 p.m,. there will be performances by polka group Czech and Then Some and Alpine Dancers. The festival is also known for its weenie dog races, which begin at 5 p.m., and the Frankenfurter 500, where children build and race cars made out of wieners, which begins at 4 p.m.
Those interested in participating in the weenie dog races can download entree forms from the city’s website, www.mansfield-tx.gov.
Willis said it’s important for the people of the city to celebrate Mansfield’s birthday.
“There are a lot of people who are new to the community,” she said. “There’s a lot of history here they are unfamiliar with.”
In addition to the music, there will be a presentation by the city’s past and present leadership including many dignitaries who helped make Mansfield what it is today.
Part of Main Street will be closed for the event, but Willis said there is plenty of walkable parking near downtown and there will be shuttles from Legacy High School, 1263 N. Main St., from 5-11 p.m.
Dustin L. Dangli, 817-390-7770
Wurstfest Celebrates Mansfield 125
When: 2-11 p.m. Sept. 12
Where: Main Street