Monday, October 3, 2011
Edelweiss at Amana's Oktoberfest 2011
Barefoot Becky and the Ivanhoe Dutchmen belt out the tune, 'Edelweiss' at the 2011 Amana Oktoberfest. Lots of brats and beer flowed during the three day celebration of all things German. (Ok, I realize that the song, 'Edelweiss' was written as an Austria tribute song from the Sound of Music. But people associate the tune with German fests too.)
The Amana Colonies, as they were once called, were founded and populated by Germans during the 1800s who came to Iowa to worship as they wished. They lived for a while as a communal society but abandoned much of that after a few years.
This year's weather was perfect for the celebration and helped to draw thousands of people to Amana on Friday night through Sunday. If you left hungry or parched you weren't trying hard enough to celebrate. Know that.