Some folks may think that dedicating a full ten days every year to a festival of Bavarian food, drink, and celebration might be considered a bit over the top. But then they probably wouldn’t be Texans, either. New Braunfels’ Wurstfest has been entertaining and feeding Texans for over fifty years, offering up the local Bavarian fare – sausage – and filling the air with polka music. Conceived in 1961 by local veterinarian and City Meat Inspector Ed Grist, the first Wurstfest drew a crowd of two thousand sausage eaters. Three years later the festival was serving five tons of sausage and by the end of the decade attendance had passed seventy-five thousand. Today, Wurstfest is considered one of the largest and perhaps the longest annual festivals in the state. The musical entertainment lineup has included Myron Floren, the Schorsch Pfeiler Band from Munich, Grammy award winner Jimmy Sturr and his Orchestra, Die Froehliche Dorfmusik, Die Schlauberger, and the ever-popular Cloverleaf Orchestra. The festival has grown in another way as well. Wurstfest provides a vehicle for local civic organizations to raise money for a wide variety of community projects. Where else can you enjoy a bratwurst, dance a polka, and help fund worthy projects at the same time? Nowhere but Wurstfest.