Preparations for the Children’s and Neckar Festival in Souls are in full swing. However, the festival will be a little different this year.
Souls – 235 The Curse of Henekel: Hans Goehring is not hoping it rains for the Children’s and Neckar Festival next weekend. “We need nice weather,” hopes Sulzer Musikverein Chairman of the Board of Directors after a two-year hiatus with Corona. Musikverein urgently depends on income from this major event.
Children’s movement has been cancelled
Was busy in Wöhrd last Friday morning. The parking lot was vacuumed. A construction worker mowed the lawn on which the canopy pole was already standing. Since 2005, it has worked well as a tent alternative at Neckar and the Children’s Festival.
But it’s been going on for years: it was fixed in 2019, and the event had to be canceled the following year due to the Corona pandemic. It is also because of the virus, which is still very present, that the Children’s Parade on Monday, July 18th has been cancelled.
A club that plays it safe
When the festival was planned at the beginning of the year, it was not possible to predict whether the conditions would make the transition possible. “So we decided not to do it from the start,” Hans Göring said at Friday’s press conference. The Children’s Festival begins at 2 p.m. in Wöhrd and, as Guhring stresses, it is “open to all children” – including those brought up in childhood.
However, entry is organized for participants so that there is not too much crowding at the start of the festival. So buses with young actors arrive at different times.
Self service, serve yourself
What’s new this year in Neckar and the Children’s Festival is that visitors have to get their own drinks and food. Self-service is in no way intended to provide staff. Instead, no guest service personnel were found, Guhring explains.
Especially for Children’s Festival Monday, which is the day with the highest turnover, the music club needs a lot of people. “We didn’t manage to get the waitresses,” Guhring regrets. Now a virtue has been made out of necessity: Five ticket tickets will be created on the festival grounds. Guhring assumes that this number is sufficient and that there will be no traffic congestion.
The game kicks off on Friday
An alternative would have been to hire a service agency. Musikverein has already tried it. With negative experiences: “We are burning children.” Otherwise, the club has enough assistants to handle the event. “A lot of people have done it for years,” Goering says. Construction will start next Wednesday.
The festivities will then begin on Friday, July 15, from 6 p.m. with an after-work squat. “The Band” will present music from 8 pm. Guhring knows that Musikverein Sulz rehearsed a lot. But the program is still a little secret. After Corona’s forced break, the “band” was very excited to perform in front of the audience again.
eavesdropping on saturday
The official drum opens on Saturday, July 16th at 7:30pm. Next, this year’s Father’s Day award winners will receive their prizes. From 8 pm it is up to AH-Musik Reiß-Aus Frohnstetten to get the guests in a good mood. The band consists of playing football players. Anyone attending the festival in an AH shirt by 9pm will receive a free beer.
The Neckarfest on Sundays begins at 10 a.m. with an ecumenical service. Then the youth group gives a half-hour show. The music clubs Sigmarswangen and Wittershausen and the accordion orchestra of the Sulz Music Club provide further entertainment.
Mayor Gerd Heber will open his last children’s festival on Monday, July 18th. Traditionally, the song “Geh aus mein Herz” is sung, this time by a Schillerhöhe kindergartener, accompanied by a wind band from the Musikverein. A colorful theatrical program will then begin. In the city park there are free attractions, including climbing trees, sausage gallows, playing street, as well as an amusement park. At the end of the festival, the town troupe will have fun with the supervision of Eden Pasalic.