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Brenham in Washington County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Brenham Maifest

 
 
Brenham Maifest Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, February 5, 2010
1. Brenham Maifest Marker
Inscription. 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, provides an important historical link to a rich heritage.
 
Erected 1983 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 8308.)
 
Location.
Maifest Marker near bandstand and courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, February 5, 2010
2. Maifest Marker near bandstand and courthouse
30° 10.014′ N, 96° 23.872′ W. Marker is in Brenham, Texas, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of Alamo Street and Park Street, on the left when traveling east on Alamo Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brenham TX 77833, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. County Commissioners Court (within shouting distance of this marker); Washington County C. S. A. (within shouting distance of this marker); Schmid Bros. Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bassett and Bassett Banking House (about 500 feet away); Blue Bell Creameries (approx. 1.2 miles away); Robert Starke Armistead (approx. 5.7 miles away); Thomas Affleck (approx. 7.4 miles away); Waul's Texas Legion Campsite (approx. 7.5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brenham.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 21, 2010, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. This page has been viewed 838 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 21, 2010, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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