2020 Festival Canceled
New Braunfels, TX, July 23, 2020 – Today, the Wurstfest Association of New Braunfels, announced the cancelation of its 2020 festival, scheduled for November 6-15, due to considerations related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Wurstfest Board of Directors met July 21 to consider input from a committee assigned to continually monitor the latest COVID-19 information and made the decision that it would not be feasible to host the 2020 festival.
Randy Rust, 2020 Wurstfest President, said “This will be the first time Wurstfest has canceled a festival in our 60-year history. We have had our challenges in the past, including flood events and most recently a fire that destroyed the Marktplatz building. We have always overcome our challenges while making the festival better each year. We made this decision knowing what a difficult year 2020 has been and that our guests were looking forward to Wurstfest more than ever. We also realize how important the festival is to the community non-profit organizations that participate. Many of them make their fundraising goals for the year during the ten days of Wurstfest and go on to use those funds to do good work that benefits our community throughout the year. That made this decision even more difficult. When we looked at how festival operations would have to change to prioritize safety, plus the related operational restrictions, we just didn’t feel we would be able to provide the Wurstfest experience we are known for.”
A list of non-profit organizations that benefit the local community and fundraise at Wurstfest can be found at wurstfest.com/support. Plans for fundraising efforts to help support these organizations will be announced in the coming weeks.
Wurstfest 2021 will be a historic celebration, marking the 60th festival, and take place November 5-14. Wurstfest is eager to unveil a new and improved Marktplatz building along with many other improvements to the grounds which will no doubt add to the excitement about the 60th festival. The rebuild of the Marktplatz, which houses most of the food vendors, has been underway since early this year and was on track to be completed for the 2020 festival. New Braunfels Mayor, Rusty Brockman, said “Wurstfest is a community tradition where families reunite, new friends are made, and people from all walks of life come to enjoy the heritage of New Braunfels. This community and the countless volunteers who make Wurstfest happen are resilient and will be back next year stronger than ever.”
Wurstfest is a non-profit corporation whose purpose is to promote the local economy through tourism and preserve the community’s rich German heritage. The festival lasts 10 days and starts the first Friday of each November. The 2021 festival will take place November 5-14 and will be Wurstfest’s 60th festival.