Annafest and Annamarket in Grafenwoehr

Annafest and Annamarket in Grafenwoehr -- Photo Credit: Renate GradlGrafenwoehr, Germany — It’s a long-standing tradition that the city of Grafenwoehr celebrates its Annafest on the last weekend in July. This year, everyone is invited to come celebrate on Sunday, July 24.

On the name day of St. Anna, the Anna market will be held again on the market square from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Regional and local vendors will offer their goods ranging from leather goods and toys to clothes, flower decorations and more. The market invites visitors to stroll along and spend some time. If you’re hungry and thirsty, just go to the fest grounds at the Kastenhaus by the city pond to rest and recuperate at the Volunteer Fire Department’s Annafest. The fest starts in the afternoon and ends late that night.

Grafenwoehr’s stores are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and many stores have surprises in store for their customers. Schreml Jewelry features an exhibition of old tractors in his parking lot and face painting for kids starts at 1 p.m. at Petra Melchner’s stationery store. Additionally, you can ride through the old town, visit the book flea market in front of the store and get information about the local band at its info booth. If available, Outdoor-Schön will provide a static display of military vehicles. There’s also a ten percent discount on all purchases on Sunday. At Bettina Strohmeier’s fashion store “Zabaione” Nicole Nickl produces and sells her hand-made fashion jewelry. Theirs is also a 15 percent discount on all clothes in the store that day. From 2 to 3 p.m., there’s a large fashion show on the market square, and a flea market at the old forest house across from the German post office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Anton Wittmann will guide tours of the old cellars on 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. At the local police station (Marktplatz 27), you can learn how to protect your home from burglary. An art exhibition by the “Kunsterei” in the old forest house is entitled “Attention! Yellow!” Interesting craftsmen ship is presented by the youth group “Middle Ages” on Wolf-Dietrich-Mayr-Straße. The local Raiffeisen bank opens the doors of his new annex to visitors from 2.30 to 5 p.m. There will be a jumping castle for kids in the new parking lot. Here, Mathilde Müllner from Nature Park Northern Oberpfälzer Wald will also present the sand grass carnation. The new classrooms of the German Elementary- and Middle School can be visited from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The lighting system of the new stage will be shown at 2 p.m..

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