There are a lot of exciting things happening in Jasper – the opening of The Parklands, the River Centre is almost complete, and the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center is under construction, just to name a few. Because of this public/private collaboration, Jasper has been recognized in several different ways – A Top Ten Place to Live in Indiana (HomeSnacks), One of America’s Best Cities to Live (USA Today) and the 2018 Indiana Chamber Community of the Year – the latter being our theme of the fest.
The Indiana Chamber’s Community of the Year Award is given annually to a Hoosier community for significant contributions to its local business climate and overall image. According to Indiana Chamber President Kevin Brinegar, “Strong public-private partnerships are the cornerstone of community success. Jasper leaders have demonstrated the ability to work together for many years and residents have strongly contributed through their immense pride in the city. Jasper is most deserving of this recognition.” The Jasper Strassenfest Committee felt it was time to honor our great community and all those who live, work and play here in Jasper.
The Strassenfest Committee works hard all year to bring you a top-quality festival – and this year is no exception. On Thursday night, we invite you to don your dirndls and lederhosen for a full immersion in our German heritage with events including the Willkommen Dance, Mai Pole, Schuhplattler Dance and Schokospiel, just to name a few. And don’t forget the wide variety of entertainment, events, food and beverages throughout the weekend. Please refer to the Jasper Strassenfest program book and website for a complete listing of items.
On behalf of the Jasper Strassenfest Committee, I’d like to extend a heartfelt welcome to the 41st Annual Jasper Strassenfest.