Opening Ceremonies – Biting of the Sausage

“Eins, zvei, drei… CHOMP!”

Help us kick off the festival with the ceremonial biting of the sausage! Grammy-nominated polka virtuoso Alex Meixner hosts this annual tradition as we celebrate the official Wurstfest opening with the biting of a string of dozens of locally made sausages. A symbolic keg of beer is also tapped and shared with the crowd during this fan favorite.

The tradition of biting a sausage to commemorate the opening harkens back to the very first days of the festival, when Wurstfest began as a modest sausage-making competition in 1961. It is now a beloved staple of the festivities. Join us for music, fun and, yes, lots of delicious sausage, at this year’s Wurstfest!