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"Geli", a costume German gnome character
"Geli" (angelica), from the Heritagefest Heinzelmaennchen (German gnome family) Photo courtesy Heritagefest


Held annually for four days at the Brown County Fairgrounds in New Ulm, Minnesota, Heritagefest celebrates the German traditions and music of the German people in central southern Minnesota. New Ulm's Heritagefest is non-stop music, music, music: rollicking marches, German folk tunes, Alpine mountain songs. Alphorns serenade, euphoniums, baritones, woodwinds and concertinas accompany Alpine bells and yodelers. Costumed dancers leap, promenade and twirl. Male choruses dressed in lederhosen sing German "volksweise." Masked wooden characters, the Heritagefest "Narren" (fools), and the Heinzelmännchen (German gnome family) are present to spread Gemütlichkeit.

Originally submitted by: David Minge, Representative (2nd District).

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