For people who have been coming to MainStrasse Village Maifest for many years, they’ll notice some new features at the 38th annual weekend festival.

Donna Kremer, the administrative coordinator for MainStrasse Village, says that this year’s Maifest will be bigger and better than any year before.

“We have some great new possibilities [to offer],” says Kremer.

One of those big possibilities is the new Village Showcase that will take place on Main Street. Tables and tents will fill the sidewalks to give storeowners the opportunity to display and sell some of their work.

“This is a way to showcase shops in the Village that are there year-round,” says Kremer. “It is an idea that has been tossed around for years and I am excited that we are actually doing it this year.”

Local restaurants will also have the opportunity to give out samples of some of their specialty food. Kremer hopes to have around 15 vendors on the sidewalk.

Another noticeable change at Maifest this year will be the expansion of Kinderplatz, which in German means “children playground.” Located at Goebel Park, there will be more rides geared towards children between the ages of 8 and 12 alongside the kiddie rides. Kids and families will also be able to enjoy more kid-friendly games such as a bean-bag toss. While children enjoy fun and games at the Kinderplatz, parents will be able to enjoy shopping and food on Sixth Street where artists come from all over to display their work.

“It is going to look great,” says Kremer. “There will be nice seating in shade and of course, great entertainment.”

Kremer is very excited to announce at this year’s Maifest tours of the Carroll Chimes Clock Towerwill be offered. This iconic landmark will be open to the public to learn more about the tower and bells.

“This is a really great opportunity for those who love the story behind the clock,” says Kremer.

Although some things are being expanded, the traditional feel of the festival with its laidback atmosphere and history will not be lost, says Kremer.

German music and dancing will be in full swing and you can still participate in the street chalk art contest on Saturday.

Kremer, who has been working at MainStrasse Village for 20 years, says she loves to be a part of the tradition and growth it brings to Northern Kentucky. Not only is it the region’s first big festival of the summer, but it helps businesses get exposure and money spent at the festival is put backinto the village community.

“I can’t retire, it’s too much fun,” says Kremer.

Maifest typically attracts around 125,000 visitors to Northern Kentucky each year. The entire festival covers six blocks of MainStrasse Village, from Sixth Street to Main Street and over onto Philadelphia Street. Events will begin Friday, May 19, at 5 p.m. and will last all the way through the weekend beginning at noon each day. Free parking is available. Visit mainstrasse.org/maifest for more information.



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