Oldenburg Gears Up For Annual Freudenfest

first_imgOrganizers estimate crowds between 12-15,000 this weekend in Oldenburg.Oldenburg’s population will substantially increase this weekend as the town celebrates the 38th annual Freudenfest.Events begin Friday at 5 p.m. and continue through Saturday evening.The Freudenfest first began in 1976 when communities across the nation celebrated the United States bicentennial. The Oldenburg festival has grown over the years to its present form attracting an estimated 12,000 to 15,000 visitors annually.College or a career move can force someone to relocate from their hometown. For many, the annual festival offers a chance to reunite with former classmates, coworkers and friends.The Freudenfest, dubbed the “Festival of Fun,” also serves as an opportunity to meet new friends. Organizers say tourists from multiple states and as far away as Germany will visit town this weekend.Oldenburg resident Jeff Paul has attended the Freudenfest since its inception. He notes the economic impact the festival has on the community.“The revenue that is created has funded some great projects here in town like the tennis courts, the brick streets, the vintage street lights, Onion Dome and on and on,” Paul said.“These are upgrades the town would not have if it wasn’t for the Freudenfest. What makes it more unique is the money is raised all by volunteers.”Visitors have an option of using a free shuttle service to arrive and depart from the festival. Pick-up locations include the Sherman House, Hampton Inn, Comfort Inn and the Batesville Town Square parking lot. It travels back and forth every half an hour between 5:30 p.m. and 1 p.m.Visit the Freudenfest website to view the schedule >>last_img