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Jasper's Strassenfest in Full Swing for 2021

Hoosiers filled the streets of Downtown Jasper for the first day of Strassenfest Thursday.

Posted: Aug 5, 2021 10:39 PM
Updated: Aug 6, 2021 8:23 AM

Hoosiers filled the streets of Downtown Jasper for the first day of Strassenfest Thursday and many of them like, Mike Hochgesang, excited to have it back.

"We didn't have a fest last year, so this is like last year and this year together," said Hochgesang.

After sitting out a year, Keelie Dall, said she's more than excited to continue the annual tradition with her family.

"I grew up born and raised in jasper so of course, once again for 30 years Strassenfest here we come," said Dall.

Filled with dancing, singing and food Hoosiers were excited to come out and celebrate their German Heritage.

For many years, Strassenfest has been a celebration of not only the city's cultural diversity but DuBois County as a whole.

"It's a great time for people in DuBois County that like to eat and drink and party and cheer and holler and sing and waltz, polka," said Hochgesang. "A lot of the people in this community are German heritage, it used to be 95 it's filtered down to about 60."

It's an event they look forward to every year so they cherish it.

"It just shows our thick German culture and that its very important to us as we grow up here in Jasper, Indiana." said Dall.

Taking place through August 5 -8, different events taking place each day to celebrate and those who attend just want to party all throughout the weekend.

"The people that are in this community are from southern Germany, which is the black forest area and they're the party people, so there's a lot of party people here tonight." said Hochgesang.

Free to all, Jasper looks forward to people embracing the culture.

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Temperatures dipped back into the upper 30s and low 40s for many of us early this morning, marking our coldest start to a day in Evansville (where we fell to 41°) in more than a week. Fortunately, the chilly start to the day didn't mean that our afternoon would be a loss, it was anything but - in fact, after seeing temperature around 57° by our lunch hour, afternoon highs crept back into the mid to low 60s area-wide; we hit 63° in the River City - while that's still 2° shy of the norm for October 27th, we'll take a 3° increase over yesterday's high of 60°. The clear skies that allowed temperatures to climb as high as they did earlier on however, are on their way out as our next round of rainfall inches ever closer. The remainder of the evening ahead should remain dry, but isolated rainfall will return to the Tri-State as early as the overnight and predawn hours Thursday.
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