Brenham in Washington County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The Brenham Maifest
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,
Erected 1983 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 8308.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Entertainment. A significant historical year for this entry is 1880.
Location. 30° 10.405′ N, 96° 23.995′ W. Marker is in Brenham, Texas, in Washington County. Marker is on North Park Street (Business U.S. 36) 0.1 miles north of North Market Street, on the left when traveling north. The marker is located on the east side of the City of Brenham - Fireman's Park along North Park Street. It has been moved from it's orginal location near the County Courthouse to Fireman's Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brenham TX 77833, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lest They Be Forgotten (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Methodist Church (approx. ¼ mile away); First Baptist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); B'Nai Abraham Synagogue (approx. 0.3 miles away); First Christian Church of Brenham (approx. 0.3 miles away); KTTX/KWHI Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); Washington County, C.S.A. (approx. 0.4 miles away); Washington County All Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brenham.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 21, 2010, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. This page has been viewed 988 times since then and 21 times this year. Last updated on January 11, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 11, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. 3. submitted on March 21, 2010, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.