Beer, Ghost Busters and TSS???

Today I went to a spring festival in my village. I love going to these type of events, because you just never know what you are going to see. The theme of this festival was spring. The center of the village is a 6 minute walk from my front door, so I grabbed my camera and set off to capture a few of the unique things you will find at a German festival. I hope you enjoy!

(Below)A favorite way to spend a Saturday afternoon- sipping a beer, listening to music, visiting with friends.

Check out the local talent. Here is a local ompa band playing a really hot rendition of Ghost Busters. They had the crowd fired up for this one!

Here is a picture of the center of town…the Fools Fountain is decorated with Cherry blossoms and easter decorations.

I’m saving the best for last. For the last 3 years I have wondered what the heck these long poles with strips of paper are for. Yesterday I learned the story behind them, and I just have to share it with you. The picture you see above is called a tampon. I am really not kidding you…each village has one on display, and the tradition calls for young people of neighboring villages to try to steal another villages tampon. If, at the end of the year the tampon is hanging in place…well, that is quite a source of pride for those who live in the village. For some reason Ramsteins’ tampon has a donkey hanging from a noose. I really don’t want to know why.
Auf Wiedersen,

robin

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