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Boerne Berges Fest, Festival in the Hills

Boerne Berges Fest ParadeMove over Oktoberfest! Boerne celebrates its German heritage in June over Father’s Day weekend with Boerne Berges Fest. The Fest is a long-standing Boerne summer tradition. A 51-year tradition to be specific. The three-day, family-friendly festival takes over the Kendall County Fair Grounds on June 16-18, 2017 and will attract Texas Hill Country locals and visitors from all over Texas. So, dust off your lederhosen and dirndls, and raise your stein in cheers to a weekend filled with fun, food and music! Parking and entry to the event are free.

 

Family Fun

Boerne Berges Fest Watermelon Eating ContestWith the event’s relocation from Main Plaza to the Kendall County Fairgrounds last year, Berges Fest has a much larger footprint. The larger space now accommodates an assortment of new activities and a larger carnival to feed everyone’s appetite for thrills and chills. The event lineup for the weekend is full, and you won’t want to miss a second of the fun. The best part about the list of events below is that everyone can participate, and entry is free!

A true festival isn’t complete without a parade! Bring your chairs and line up along Main Street on Saturday morning to catch a glimpse of area courts, musical groups, clowns, and floats entered by local businesses and organizations that are sure to please! Keep an eye out for the Berges Fest float to greet the new Boerne Berges Fest Court which will be selected during the pageant the Thursday prior to the event.

Saturday Events:

Boerne Berges Fest Egg Toss10:00 am- Berges Fest Parade- Downtown

12:00 pm- Washer Tournament ($20 per team)

1:00 pm- Wheelbarrow Races

2:00 pm- Sack Races

3:00 pm- Dizzy Bat Races

4:00 pm- Dachshund Races

6:00 pm- Egg Toss

Boerne Bergesfest Stein Hold7:00 pm- Root Beer Drinking Contest

8:00 pm- Keg Tossing (18+)

9:00 pm- Stein Hold (21+)

Sunday Events:

9:30 am- Worship Service

12:00 pm- Horseshoe Tournament ($20 per team)

1:00 pm- Wheelbarrow Races

Boerne Berges Fest Carnival2:00 pm- Little Tractor Races

3:00 pm- Dachshund Races

4:00 pm- Egg Toss

5:00 pm- Watermelon Eating Contest

 

Musical Line Up

Boerne Village BandIf the booming sound of a tuba warms your heart and you have a craving for some German tunes, you will not be disappointed! The Boerne Village Band will play every day during the event, and Oma and the Oompahs will also beckon you and your partner to the dancefloor to waltz and polka on Sunday.

Looking for something a bit more country? There will be a variety of musicians playing all day and night to scoot your boots to. 

Friday Music:

Boerne Berges Fest Parade6:00 pm- Boerne Village Band

8:30 pm- Jeff Jacob’s Band

Saturday Music:

12:00 pm- Boerne Village Band

1:30 pm- Rotge

3:00 pm- Texas KGB

Boerne Berges Fest Carnival6:30 pm- Dara Niemi Band

9:30 pm- Gary Glenn & the 20x Band

Sunday Music:

11:30 am- Oma & The Oompahs

2:00 pm- Boerne Village Band

3:30 pm- El Verde Boys

 

A Bit of History

Boerne Berges Fest 1970Believe it or not, Boerne’s largest (and most anticipated) festival of the year started out as a simple ice-cream social. At the time, the intention was to bring people together to enjoy some good food, fun music, and an art exhibit. Construction of Interstate Highway 10 was almost complete in 1967 and Boerne’s Main Street was bypassed, which had a huge impact on the local economy and local businesses. Boerne Berges Fest was a joint effort between the Chamber of Commerce and the Lions Club to draw attention and generate interest in the city while encouraging commerce for local businesses.

Boerne Berges Fest 1970After the inaugural event, the event founders deemed the event a success because they had cleared enough funds to stage the event the following year. The initial event brought in $500, which at that time assured the fest's future. And the rest, as they say, is history.

To keep tabs on this year’s event, check out bergesfest.com or follow them on Facebook, @Bergesfest.