Bautzen: Yes, Wilthen celebrates its 800th birthday

This is how Wilthen celebrates its 800th birthday

From the medieval market to the bed races: Saturday’s 800th anniversary festival week kicks off. A special lounge area will also be inaugurated at that time.

By Bettina Spiekert

3 minutes

Oh who is that? The mayor of Wilthen, Michael Herfort, is almost unrecognizable in his historic attire. He invites you to the celebration of the 800th anniversary and has already sat on the new bench in St. Barbara.
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Wilthen. Wilthen is the second of the five anniversary parishes in the Oberland to kick off its 800th anniversary festival week this weekend with a festival service. The Evangelical Regional Bishop Tobias Bilz will preach on Saturday from 10.00 at the Wilthener Church. Then, at 11.30 am, there will be a gala event in the sports hall of the school center, to which all Wiltheners are invited after registration. Until June 19, there will be a colorful program in the city for residents and visitors for young and old and for all tastes.

Historic market with 34 stalls

The 800-year history of the city should come to life on Saturday in the historic market square in St. Barbara. “Instead of traffic, we want to bring Wilthen’s history to life in this market,” says Katja Wagner of the tourist information office, who helped set up the festival weekend. Many clubs in the city have voiced ideas for this. And this is how the transactions that significantly influenced Wilthen in its history will be shown. Weavers, beer and wine distilleries, goldsmiths and blacksmiths, bakers, laundresses and many others exhibit at the market.

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Instead of being bought by professional traders, all the stalls are run by local companies and associations. “The festival should be organized by Wiltheners for Wiltheners,” says Katja Wagner. A local historical association brings weaving to life, a Thonig bakery bakes according to old traditions, and the Wilthe fire department shows how fires were extinguished in the past with a manual pressure hose. 34 stalls will take you to times long gone. A special lounge area by Wilthener, wood artist Jürgen Spottke, will also be inaugurated on the square.

Wilthen even relies on the ideas of local clubs to cater for festival visitors. At the Irgersdorfer stand there are potatoes with cottage cheese, SG Wilthen players bake pancakes, at the Lehmanns Gasthaus stand, chicken legs must be eaten without cutlery, and the parish invites you to soup.

The city council meets in historic garments

City council members want to look really old too. On Wednesday, they meet in historic attire for a monthly meeting in the council hall, where there is also a promise of blessing the flag. However, there will be at least one agenda item for the election of the chief of municipal defense, completely authentic and modern-day. According to Katja Wagner, the time capsule will be sunk right next to the town hall. Photos, contemporary documents and a daily newspaper should find a place in it and inform future generations about life in 2022.

After work party for everyone who likes to party after work

The organizers have come up with a new format for those looking for a place to celebrate in the middle of the week. With the start of the first afterwork party, the newly designed market in Haus Bergland will be inaugurated on Monday at 17:00. It not only offers a space to relax on elegant sun loungers, but also the possibility of exercising with some sports equipment that adults can also try and that are even presented by specialized staff, says Katja Wagner.

On Monday and Tuesday, from 5:00 p.m., hip-hop lovers can have fun with Zumba in the new city park or end their working day with music and delicious food. On Wednesday after work, the event moves to the town hall, because then the city administration invites you to an open day. Interested parties can walk around the departments and ask questions throughout the day. Afterwards, the after-work party takes place in the inner courtyard of the town hall.

buzzing, partying and racing in bed

On the second festival weekend, June 17-19, families and partygoers will be worth their money. After Friday night disco, Saturday is family. An amusement park will then be set up at the fairgrounds on Zittau Street. In addition to bouncy castles, face painting, a chain carousel and the smallest movie theater in the world, it also offers shooting ranges and high-speed rides. On Saturday evening, after the party pilots, Nino de Angelo will also appear on stage. The Italian star of the 1980s, who has become immersed in the collective memory of hits such as “Jenseits von Eden”, comes to Wilthen with proven and new.

The bed race, which is to be held again nine years later on Sunday afternoon in Wilthen, promises a lot of fun and joy. According to Katja Wagner, eleven bed teams have signed up so far for the fast-paced fun. On the route of only half a kilometer, in addition to the fastest, the most original bed is also sought after, as well as the one with the most attractive Miss that can be transported in bed.

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