Making the best of the Wurst.


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It’s known as the Ten-Day Salute to Sausage, and it happens every November in New Braunfels, Texas.

It’s Wurstfest — a tribute to the food, drink and music that represent the German heritage of this town founded in the 1800’s.

If you know anything about German culture, you know these folks like their bier.

So…a typical Wurstfest itinerary might go something like this:

Drink beer.

Eat sausage on a stick.

Drink more beer.

Buy a goofy hat.

More beer.


More beer.

Chicken dance.


Funnel cake.


You can see why some people affectionately call the event “Wastefest.”

I’ve gone for three years in a row now — the last two while sober. Last year, I went during a short-lived stint of self-guided sobriety (In other words, I wasn’t a member of AA).

Instead of enjoying the sights and sounds and unrivaled people-watching, I focused on nothing but what was verboten: drinking. I wallowed in self-pity. I pouted. I was miserable.

This past weekend, I attended Wurstfest with 25 days of AA membership under my belt. I’d been to a meeting just a week earlier where a guy with 14 years of sobriety talked about the moment he accepted what he could and couldn’t do as an alcoholic.

The only thing he couldn’t do was drink. So what did that leave him? Everything Else.

Saturday night, Everything Else included doing the Chicken Dance with my daughters, sneaking spoonfuls of their Frito Pie, snapping photos of the oompah bands and polka dancers, and screaming with delight on a Tilt-a-Whirl for the first time in about 15 years.

It was the best Wurst time ever.


One Response to “Making the best of the Wurst.”

  1. Crying again.

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