Burgermeisters, Viener Dogs Highlight Germanfest Traditions

SYRACUSE – Moments after new Burgermeister Darin Lintner tapped the fest keg in downtown Syracuse Saturday, a crowd of over 250 people gathered for the ninth annual Viener Dog Races.

Lintner, who was equipped with the parade bell and will host a golf tournament on Sunday, said he was looking forward to judging the ribfest and encouraging the celebration.


Lintner: “This is really a good thing. I mean, it’s great for Syracuse. I actually want to be. I think this a fantastic thing. It’s fun. It’s fun to be out with all these people today.”

At the ninth annual viener dog races, Cooper, a veteran dachshund running at his fifth Germanfest with Ken and Laura Thalken of Ceresco, prevailed over Brodie, raced by Todd and Nancy Bouton of Lincoln.

Announcer Don Wenzel said a run-off had to be held to identify the winner.

Wenzel: “We actually end, out of the two-out-three, that third race ended up as a photo finish. We had to go back and check the film. It was just too close. There was just too much at stake there to just to hand the prize out.”

After winning his run-off race, Cooper pranced back across the 25-yard track with his squeaky ball between his jaws.

Laura Thalken: “He loves his ball. He loves that red ball. It’s just fun. I think they just enjoy going after the finish line.

Syracuse continues to build Germanfest traditions, such as the grand parade, street dancers and Fifth Street market. The keg tapping concludes with a traditional song.

For the record, it turns out that it takes 16 Germans to tap a keg.




Click below  for the full Burgermeister song as performed July 8, 2017.

Ella Eidson, Rachel Downey

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