Here's to a peaceful folk festival! Michael Wohlschläger from the Augustiner Brewery (left), Mayor Christoph Böck and landlady Angelika Fontenot toast while the young guests wait for the first litre of free beer. © Dieter michalek
The 70th Lohhofer Volksfest is in full swing. At the opening, however, the mayor weakened a bit when it came to tapping the first barrel.
Unterschleißheim – Somewhat wobbly on his feet, Herbert Huber from "Disco Fever" staggers back to the fairground. Three or four laps in a row had demanded little Marlene (6) in the carousel. "And that's supposed to be for children?" groans the caregiver of the Schleißheimer Schlosspfeiffer.
On Saturday, shortly after noon, there is not too much going on at the folk festival in Lohhof. Marlene's parents and her sister take part in the procession, which is just forming at the town hall. On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the folk festival, 49 associations and initiatives are doing the honors; among them the Schlosspfeiffer from Oberschleissheim. Herbert Huber is usually part of the party. But today, of all days, he has driven a thorn into his foot. Until the pageant arrives, he therefore takes care of Marlene.
The crowd joined in: the town band. © Dieter Michalek
But he's had enough of carousel riding for now. In "Lena's marquee", where he looks for a place to catch his breath with Marlene, landlord Armin Dillmann prepares for the onslaught. The few guests in the new, 2500-person tent can still be counted on your fingers at the moment. "It won't stay that way," says Dillmann, pointing to the white pieces of paper with the inscription "Reserved" on the tables.
The folk festival in Lohhof is one of the largest in the region. At the entrance, the chain carousel greets you, there are shooting and lottery booths, a hall of mirrors and even a beach bar. And, of course, the bumper cars, which are already surrounded by screaming teenagers early in the afternoon. Diagonally opposite the "Disco Fever", the "Fire Tower" offers bratwurst by the half-meter.
Beer transport with two horsepower: the Augustinian horses. © Dieter Michalek
Meanwhile, Huber and Marlene have settled down at the table of the Schlosspfeiffer. From a distance you can hear the procession approaching: Marlene's father on the drum, her mother blowing the pipe. The whole family gets involved in the Schlosspfeiffern. Marlene's sister, Maria, also plays the pipe at the age of nine. Huber is particularly proud of this: Other clubs would have a harder time with young talent. And little Marlene, who still loves to drive "Disco Fever" for her life, will probably be next. "Toi, toi, toi," says Huber, knocking on wood: "That makes me happy!"
Böck needs three strokes, one more than in 2022. © Dieter Michalek
At the entrance to the fair, the ramming bollards sink into the ground as the top of the procession reaches the festival grounds. First and foremost the town band and youth brass band Unterschleissheim, the Augustinian horse-drawn carriage and the political celebrities. With the tapping, Mayor Christoph Böck had heralded the festival the day before. He coped well with the fact that he needed three strokes to do so. Driving the tap into the barrel with as few blows as possible has blossomed over the years into an inter-municipal mayoral competition. The fact that the counterpart from Schleißheim needed only two strokes in the previous week had spread as far as Unterschleissheim. This is another reason why Böck may have missed the second blow in a moving motion. But that was yesterday. Today is a new day, and Böck is at peace with himself. Now it's time to set new goals, to enjoy ten wonderful days of anniversary celebration. After all, he had already broken the two-stroke record the previous year. "The Oberschleissheim colleague," says Böck, "can also be at the front."
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