The village of Albersbach celebrated their 600 year anniversary and my wife’s family came to visit us and see the attractions, posing here with David in front of our house in Albersbach – with my wife’s handmade crochet lace curtain panel in the window.
From left to right are: David’s uncle and aunt with David standing on the bench and his grandparents on the right; everyone came to see the historic village displays set up in Albersbach to celebrate their 600 year anniversary.
The village band pauses as the formal proclamation is read to the crowd – probably by the Mayor or “Bürgermeister” – announcing Alberbach’s 600 year anniversary celebration has begun.
The village band strikes up a tune as the assembled crowd enjoys the festive music – along with the beer, wine and food prepared for the 600 year anniversary fest.
Historic displays were set up throughout the village along the street in front of the farmhouses, which originally were designed to combine a barn and house together under the same roof.
The historic farming displays included tools, implements, wagons and demonstrations of the techniques used in years gone past before tractors and electricity.
A boy enjoys a fresh baked waffle as he passes by displays set up for people to see how village life used to be like in the old days.
A farmer demonstrates how a draft horse is harnessed to a piece of farm equipment – in order to demonstrate to the onlookers how draft horses were used on the farm before tractors and engines replaced them.
David reaches out to pet the draft horse as his aunt looks on in front of the barn door of a historic farmhouse.
David and his aunt stand beside the draft horse in front of the barn’s open door while I take a picture of the farming displays in the foreground.
A man demonstrates the old fashioned way to shear a sheep many years ago before electricity, using only a manual pair of metal shears.
People take a closer look at a display from the old days when either you, your livestock or a water wheel applied the necessary force needed to process crops that were harvested on the farm.
David sits on a donkey in the petting zoo that was set up for the children to have an opportunity for a hands on experience with the smaller farm animals.
This donkey wasn’t very excited about being volunteered to provide rides for the children, and instead did a lot of standing and little walking while David was sitting on his back.