After a year off due to COVID-19, the Belle Plaine German Days celebration is back on in 2021 with several fan-favorite events like the queen coronation, live music, and caricature drawings.
“We just wanted to make sure people could come uptown, grab a bite to eat, enjoy the music, and have a night out,” said German Days Gambling Manager Alissa Ebneter.
This year’s events are scheduled for Friday, June 18, with the band Lady Luck playing from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The band plays a diverse range of music from country to 80s pop, classic, and new rock.
The Queen Coronation will take place at 7 p.m. on an outdoor stage, followed by the Sauerkraut Eating Contest.
Contest registration begins at 8:45 p.m. at Neisen’s Corner Bar with the contest taking place at 9:45 p.m. in front of the stage.
Beyond these events, German Days this year will look pretty different from the 2019 version of the event.
“This year is definitely going to be more of a scaled back event, because when we originally decided to go forward with the event, there were still quite a few restrictions in place, so we had to work with those even though they were everchanging,” said Ebneter.
There will be a few different food trucks on site this Friday, but there will not be the traditional cook-out with businesses providing food for the public like hot dogs, root beer, mini donuts, pork chops, and walking tacos.
In addition, there won’t be pony rides or the kids’ pedal pull, but the German Days Committee is still looking forward to an evening of fun and a chance for city residents and visitors to make new memories.
“I’m just happy that everyone can finally get out of the house and get together and enjoy being out in the streets again and getting some of these town celebrations back up and running,” said Ebneter.
Those coming to the event are asked to bring their own chairs.