Kirsten Bierlein, daughter Klair and Beth Bierlein was crowned the 2014 Frankenmuth Bavarian Princess. Along with her court of Ashley Sabourin and Olivia Laux, the 22 year old Saginaw Valley State University represents the Bavarian Festival at various functions throughout the year.
Congratulations to all three young women!
As a Frankenmuth resident and high school senior/graduate, you are eligible for the 2015 Bavarian Princess Program. It is our sincere hope that you will find it possible to participate. To indicate your willingness and commitment to serve as a candidate, please complete the questionnaire and return it with a wallet size photo of yourself to us no later than one week prior to the Princess Tea. The Princess Tea will take place March 28, 2015 at 10am. The location of the tea has yet to be determined but all applicants will be notified as soon as the location is chosen.
A high school graduation photo is acceptable, as these photos will be for identification purposes only and will not be a factor in the judging. The candidates will be judged on each of the following:
- Parental involvement requiring the commitment needed throughout the year of reign if chosen by both yourself and your parent(s)
- Knowledge of Frankenmuth
- Community/Extra curricular involvement
The Princess Selection Committee has asked community leaders to judge the candidates. They will use this opportunity to become acquainted with the candidates before selecting the three (3) finalists. After the finalists are chosen, a photo session at Rummel Portrait Studios will take place along with a brief meeting with the Official Dress Sponsor.
We thank you in advance for your time and commitment and wish you the best of luck!
Shannon Ciszek and Brooke Buckley
Bavarian Princess Program Co-Chairs
The 2015 Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival planning has been taking place for several months. This year's CEC President Trisha Way-Uphold has pledged to make the 2015 Festival one of the most memorable for all attendee's and volunteers.
Returning events include a euchre tournament and a cornhole tournament! There will also be plenty of Bavarian style food, music, and beer. You can find out about all of the events scheduled for the four day festival by visiting our schedule of events page which will be updated as event planning is finalized.
A feeling of "Gemütlichkeit", which loosely translated means a welcome social acceptance for all surrounds the entire community of Frankenmuth beginning on Thursday night and lasts through the Bavarian Fest parade on Sunday. This family oriented event draws people from all over the world. Bavarian music is played by lederhosen clad German bands. Saturday's events feature the coronation of the Bavarian Princess and her court and the Kinder Tag parade which gives our youngsters the opportunity to express and celebrate their heritage. Visitors also have the entire weekend to enjoy a midway with rides and games. Local service groups offer everything from chicken barbeques to German fare. Participate in face painting, or simply take in the hands-on craft area.
Each year, over 100,000 people enjoy the annual Sunday Bavarian Parade, which will be held on June 14th, 2015. With over 100 entries that include marching bands, beautifully decorated floats, dance clubs, visiting dignitaries, entertainers, royalty and our newly crowned Bavarian Princess and her Court. The Sunday parade is one of only two times during the year that Frankenmuth's Main St (Michigan Highway 83) is completely shut down. The route begins on the north side of Frankenmuth then works it's way to Heritage Park where all the festival events and entertainment are held.
The Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival is one of Michigan's best celebrations of German heritage and is certain to have something to entertain everyone in attendance.
Bus tours and large groups are always welcome!