For the festive opening of the anniversary celebration of 1111 years of pfaffenhausen, which was connected with the cultural series saalemusicum, the guests came to the banks of the saale in the early afternoon of saturday, at first a little hesitant. The festival site below the sports center was only slowly filled with guests, where the adult brass class played under the direction of andrea wagenpfahl. Patron, district administrator thomas bold (CSU) tapped the keg. When the beer suddenly started flowing, mayor ernst stross (SPD) rushed to his aid.
"Music and saale have always belonged to our village pfaffenhausen", the local representative karl-heinz gluck (CSU) pointed out the variety of culture there. Pfaffenhausen was first mentioned in a document as a property of echternach in the year 902. Gluck took a closer look at the eventful history of the present-day district of hammelburg.
"The saale continues to love", mayor ernst stross (SPD) emphasized the connecting elixir of life for the neighboring villages. Fresh supply for the saale water was also available from the pfaffenhausen slope. "Neighborly help with mutual support brings us together", stross drew his conclusion from the historical considerations. Stross thanked the hard-working residents, who presented themselves with around 30 stations, for their exemplary voluntary work in the run-up to the festival over the past year. Pfaffenhausen, like all the other towns in the region, has a rural character, confirmed bold. However, in a special position as a direct neighbor to the federal armed forces, he emphasized. There is the good connection between civil and military important. Over the decades, many members of the german armed forces had settled in pfaffenhausen. "I have not yet experienced an 1111 jubilee, but I was happy to take on the patronage of this event", so bold.
Congratulations from neighboring fuchsstadt were expressed by mayor peter hart (CSU / UWG). "Not only the saale but also a two kilometer long community border connects us to a good together", he recalled. Together with kuno holzheimer, the artistic director of the music academy, the speakers love the symbolic flob of the saalemusicum to water.
Well attended was the marquee, where on saturday afternoon, despite the opening of the sidewalls, the temperature was still sauna-like. Obviously this did not bother the musicians of the army music corps 12 from veitshochheim very much. Under the direction of lieutenant colonel burkhard zanglein they also played southern melodies in keeping with the weather.
The middle ages
About 150 meters further downstream, several groups of history buffs had settled down to spend their free time exploring the middle ages (about 500 to 1500 n. Chr.) live in their tents. There was also a salt merchant whose children were making bracelets out of glass jewelry. From the area fuchsstadt, gauaschach and hammelburg came the open group custor castelli (guard of the castle). In the scorching summer heat, they had made themselves comfortable in the shade under their open tent. "I have often been a guest at the trimburg", confirms michael albrechtsberger from hammelburg. "We present ourselves with medieval life even in schools", betrayal.
"We are also concerned with the sense of life", betrayal christian heine from gauaschach. So a lived medieval weekend without TV, radio, computer and cell phone offers the opportunity to get away from everyday stress and to slow down. "Getting out of the world you usually have around you!", is the motto. Handmade woollens and leather articles also contribute to the cosy atmosphere for mark egert from elfershausen, antje phillitt from breitenbach and marie-luise beichel from hammelburg.
Not heib enough a blacksmith from the hessian lich had a good time. Its smoldering forge fire lovely picturesque the smoke rise. In 1453, the year of the high middle ages, knight eduard mews from wiesbaden was alive. Carefully he cleaned his knight's helmet, which would rust without care. Helmets and swords often come from the czech republic. Likewise the about 15 kilo heavy chain shirts, if they are not made in months of manual labor by themselves. Around 30,000 to 40,000 chain links made of iron wire have to be joined together properly.
Prince reinhold wahler had already been a guest at the trimburg several times for the medieval festival there. His trimburger knighthood was also present at the 1111th anniversary celebrations in pfaffenhausen. "We know each other in this scene from northern bavaria, hesse, rhineland-palatinate all the way to the eifel region of north rhine-westphalia.", wahler confirms. About 50 medieval groups are to be found there. A maximum of two events in one summer month was the maximum yield for the leisure knights.
"The family doesn't always go along with it", wahler has already observed. "When I get out of the car at the venue, I step onto the ground of the 13. Century", wahler agrees with the indulgence preacher (jurgen prell). There will be no coffee machines or gas stoves for food preparation. There the wood fire is consequently ignited. Even the weather was accepted: "when the floods hit pfaffenhausen, there was a plan B", so wahler.