The Brass Messengers!
See the Minnesota Original video here.
The Light of the Moon Band
In the Beer, Wine and Cider Pavilion
Festival favorites, Light of the Moon Band, bring their own brand of unstoppable toe-tapping hyperfolk.
All-day games, activities, interesting stuff and more for kids of all ages, presented by Budding Farmers in “The Little Tent”.
“Throwing Out the 1st Bulb”
9:50 a.m., in front of Gertie the Garlic Bulb.
Emceed by Festival Director, Jerry Ford, since the mid-50’s, Garlic Festival kicks off the day with a a bulb toss (like baseball’s “throwing out the 1st pitch”), a blessing of the garlic crop, and a tasting of the garlic ice cream. This year, it will be in front of the big fake garlic bulb with the lipstick.
The Opening Ceremony is Sponsored by The Stinky News because no one else would put their name on it.
AROUND THE GROUNDS
The Narren of New Ulm is an entire village of elaborately masked characters – funny, quirky and just a bit scary – each with their own personality and story. An old German festival tradition (“narren” means fool), think of them as the relatives everyone has but no one wants to own.
Scottish bagpipes and drums at their finest:
1:37 p.m. leading the Peculiar Pragmatic Promenade
5:00 p.m. “Piping in the Pig” for the PIG ROAST
6:00 p.m. Closing Pipes
Falconer Marc Rude and Mr. Harley
A Master Falconer who has been involved with raptors and falconry since 1966, Marc has worked with the U of M Raptor Center and other animal rehabilitation facilities. Mr. Harley is a 2-year old Harris Hawk.
The Preludes Before a Blizzard
A musical collective with a plethora of diverse backgrounds of Twin City natives, The Preludes aim to bring life to many events through a variety of folk musics, pulling material primarily from American Dixieland, Jazz, Pop, and Blues, Latin American salsas and Bossa Novas, and Jewish Klezmer. The group philosophy is based on the fact when referring to music, “it’s called playing for a reason!”
THE PECULIAR PRAGMATIC PROMENADE
At Precisely 1:37 P.M. YOU can be a part of the parade! Bring your costume, your act – can you juggle? Hula Hoop? Dance? Unicycle? – or just your peppy promenading self and join in! Meet at the twin silos at 1:20 p.m.
And you can win fabulous prizes in these categories:
The Promenade proceeds at precisely 1:37 p.m. to perambulate the public party already in progress at the Festival. Who will be promenading, besides YOU? The Brass Messengers, Minneapolis Police Pipe Band, The Narren, and many more!
KITE MAKING & FLYING
Agribition Building 2:00 – 4:00
Suggested donation: $5
“It was so nice to have things for the kids to do . . . we never heard ‘When can we go home?’ once while we were at the festival. We are looking forward to next year!”