GLUCKSTADT, MS (WLBT) – Sunday's rain gave way to blue skies and the perfect weather to celebrate all things German.
Thousands converged on Gluckstadt for GermanFest 2010.
There they joined a circle performing the famous "Chicken Dance" and the German Polka.
Visitors also enjoyed German music and feasted on authentic foods like sauerkraut and bratwurst and of course sampling of dark and light craft beers.
The family oriented festival also featured Bavarian horse drawn wagon rides and lots of fun entertainment for the children.
There was rock wall climbing and other games.
Organizers said it all started with a red beans and rice festival in 1986.
It has now grown to attract about than 10,000 to 15,000 visitors each year.
"This community was founded by German families in 1905. They were all farmers. They started this little church (St. Joseph Catholic Church), and it's been here since about 1906," said GermanFest chairman Charlie Campbell.
GermanFest is in its 24th year.
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