The Brenham Maifest

The Brenham Maifest (HMJ9N)

Location: Brenham, TX 77833 Washington County
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N 30° 10.014', W 96° 23.872'

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The Brenham Maifest has evolved from the German Volksfest, a spring festival carried to this area by German Texans who settled near Brenham. When the Brenham Fire Department assumed the duties of the Volksfest Association in 1880, the exclusively German celebration was opened to the public, and the name Maifest was adopted. With the exception of three years during World War I, the fire department organized the annual festival from 1880 until 1942. Discontinued During World War II, Maifest was revived in 1948, and by 1951 the Maifest Association was established, with proceeds from the festivities designated for the young people of Brenham. Maifest activities begin in February with a serenade and presentation of the Maifest Queens and Kings. Later, on a May weekend, the Maifest Royalties, selected for outstanding leadership from among the city's young people, are formally crowned in Fireman's Park. The weekend includes dances, parades, and a Maifestival with food, games, and demonstrations. Many of the early German traditions are still visible in the annual Brenham Maifest. This cultural continuity, practiced for more than 100 years, provides an important historical link to a rich heritage.
HM NumberHMJ9N
Year Placed1983
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 5:46am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 750591 N 3340140
Decimal Degrees30.16690000, -96.39786667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 10.014', W 96° 23.872'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 10' 0.84" N, 96° 23' 52.32" W
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Area Code(s)979, 936, 512, 469
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 118 S Park St, Brenham TX 77833, US
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