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Chairman’s Welcome 2022
Let’s have a “Great German Time”!
The Jasper Strassenfest Committee and I are excited to share with you the theme and Hoffmarschalls for the 44th Annual Jasper Strassenfest to be held August 4-7 in downtown Jasper. This year’s theme, “A Great German Time”, was chosen to highlight an exciting new addition to this year’s Strassenfest, a life-sized, handcrafted Glockenspiel that will be on display at the festival. The theme also emphasizes the continued commitment to keeping German heritage at the heart of what makes the Japer Strassenfest such a fun and unique festival.
Jim and Rita Corn will be honored as Hoffmarschalls. Jim, a talented carpenter, stone and woodcarver, was an integral part of making the new Glockenspiel come to life. Jim’s previous projects include the German Mai Pole located at the corner of Sixth and Newton streets in Jasper and a wood carved snail on display in Pfaffenweiler, Germany. Jim and Rita have been members of the Deutscher Verein for over 40 years serving in various leadership and support roles in the club. The couple helped assemble the first Strassenfest booth and and Rita served on the Strassenfest Committee in the early years of the fest.
While the Strassenfest has historically been held around the Jasper Courthouse Square since its start in 1979, this year the location will change slightly to accommodate the Jasper Redevelopment Commission’s Master Plan to redevelop Jasper’s downtown area. The temporary layout will be set up as follows: The Jasper Jaycees beer garden will remain in its current location with the entrance moving to the east end of the garden on 4th Street. Booths will line 4th Street between the beer garden and the main entertainment stage located at the end of 4th Street by the Cultural Center. There will be games, along with picnic and entertainment seating set up in the Cultural Center and Library parking lot. Der Deutscher Platz will be in the open lot at the corner of 4th & Jackson Streets and rides will be located on Mill Street from the 3rd Street intersection to the 5th Street intersection.
Although the layout of the festival will look different this year, you can count on the same spirited and unique celebration of community and German heritage that the Jasper Strassenfest is known for! We look forward to seeing you for a “A Great German Time” August 4-7th!
So please celebrate responsibly and I look forward to seeing everyone back again next year for Jasper Strassenfest 2023!
Bob Bleemel, Chairman
2022 Jasper Strassenfest