MUENSTER — The 33rd Muenster Germanfest had clear weather — from slightly humid on Friday to cool on Sunday morning — and a large crowd attended.

Germanfest, a celebration of German heritage in Muenster featuring music, food and contests, pulls in about 30,000 visitors over the last weekend in April annually to Muenster’s City Park.

Calls to the Muenster Chamber of Commerce were not returned by press time this morning, so attendance statistics and the amount of funds raised were not available.

But last year’s Germanfest attendance was a record, Margie Starke of the Muenster Area Chamber of Commerce said in an article last year. The estimated attendance for this year’s was about 7,000 less than the entire population of Cooke County.

The city of Muenster itself has a population of 1,700.

Mike Smith, Valley View area resident who attended Germanfest Sunday evening, said attendance was slow around 7 p.m., and things wrapped up earlier than Sunday.

Alan Sheil, Gainesville resident, said as a fan of Country and Oldies genres, he was excited to hear the Bellamy Brothers and a Beatles cover band, Hard Night’s Day, Saturday evening.

“It was fun, and it seemed like it was improved, or was different than before.”

Aaron Knight, a Plano resident who came with a German-style hat, said he is a regular attender. He visited the festival Friday evening.

“Though they didn’t let me in free this year, it was still worth the money,” he said. “Though you can get German food in Muenster any time of the year, and there are all kinds of places you can listen to music and dance at, it’s rare to have it all in one place like this.”

Visitors in complete German attire were allowed into the park for free.

A live video feed was provided by Nortex Communications on the Germanfest Web site, so people could watch the festival from their home computers.

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