Singers and dancers sporting traditional German outfits are set to perform Saturday as part of the 30th annual Hanover Dutch Festival.
Two of the groups scheduled to take the stage this weekend have participated in the annual event for more than five years, making one of Hanover’s favorite festivals a tradition of their own.
The Allentown-based Emil Schanta Band, made up of four musicians and one singer, will perform traditional German folk songs in the Center Square for the sixth time.
“Some I have written, some is Oktoberfest music, some sing-a-long,” said band member Emil Schanta, who performs with his wife, Cathy, and his sister-in-law, lead singer Anna-Marie.
Schanta began playing the violin at 14 while living in Germany. Now, at 71 and playing the accordion, he is the youngest member of his band.
He and his bandmates, all retirees, are set to perform in knickers known as “bundhosen” at 10 a.m. and noon in the center square.
Also set to take the stage is the Philadelphia-based dance group G.T.V. Almrausch — with performances at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. G.T.V. Almrausch stands for “gebirgstrachten-verein almrausch,” which translates to mountain-costume-wearing club, said Robert Eppinger, president of the dance company.
Troupe members, ranging in age from 15 to 80, are expected to wear traditional “lederhosen” and “dirndls” while performing traditional Bavarian dances, including the “schuhplattler,” he said.
“Which literally means shoe-slapping,” Eppinger said.
The Hanover event, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, is one of 20 festivals in the tri-state area the group will dance in this year.
The 30th annual Hanover Dutch Festival will take place July 27 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Center Square.
More than 350 craft and food vendors have registered for the festival, said Melissa Speal, public relations director at the chamber. Speal expects turnout will be between 8,000 and 10,000 people.
In addition to the music and dancing, there will be an antique and classic car show and a kids' carnival.
Two 30-minute tours of Hanover will be given Friday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Tour groups will meet in the main lobby of Guthrie Memorial Library, 2 Library Place, and visit the adult, teen and children libraries, the John D. Bare Center, the Hormel Reading Room, the roof area, and other areas not usually open to the public.
Tours are handicapped accessible and parking is available at the Eichelberger Parking Lot, at the corner of North and Stock streets.
A free shuttle will depart from two locations during the festival Saturday: Tractor Supply Co., 1150 Carlisle St. and Ollie's Parking Lot, 1019 Baltimore St. The transportation will be available from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
For more information on the festival visit www.hanoverchamber.com.
If you go
What: Hanover Dutch Festival
When: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m Saturday
Where: Hanover Center Square