This international meeting is taking place every second year with Freiburg's twelve sister cities presenting their country, city, and culture. The event officially started on June 23 at 10 a.m. but the booths arranged in a circle on Rathausplatz had to be equipped in time for the official opening.
When Red Baron arrived at the site five minutes before eight on Friday the streets were still empty but when he turned around the corner he saw our friends from Madison already in full swing. Jim, Eric, Jen, and Charles smiled at the latecomer.
They proudly presented Madison's flag ...
While Dick and I were wearing the official poloshirt of 2013 I was offered the cap of 2017.
On the occasion the Braukollektiv had brewed a special wheat ale Fox & Friends.
Here master brewer James Tutor and Jim Lattis proudly present the bottles when they arrived.
While waiting for the official opening I met a distinguished guest Resident Director for the Academic Year in Freiburg (AYF) Professor Sarah Fagan framed by Frauke and George.
I also met a member from the Madison College Big Band (MCBB) in conversation with Dick, and Gudrun approaching.
The MCBB opened the festivities with lead singer Lo Marie presenting Blue Skies. Mandall Mathis is at the tenor sax.
Mayor Otto Neideck on stage presenting the Italien and American consuls and the Lord Mayor of Suwon giving their messages of greetings.
Following the opening ceremonie Mayor Neideck is in conversation with the American consul and Uta Schröder from the Carl-Schuz-Haus (CSH) while the chief of protocoll Günther Burger is watching.
Fred Juergens, Mandell Mathis, and Flaviano Estrella Jr. relaxing following their performance with the MCBB.
James Tutor, his wife and a baby not being theirs.
Four ladies: the American consul, CHS's Uta Schröder, and Director Friederike Schulte with her baby Marieke.
FMG' Frauke and Toni smiling.
Director Ulli Struve of the AYF and his students offering cheeseheads and Fox & Friends to people visiting our booth.
Mayor Ulrich von Kirchbach at our booth enjoying Fox & Friends while posing with the other Ulrich.
More Käsköpp (cheeseheads Toni and George) were seen in the local press.
Nikolaus von Gayling, member of Freiburg's city council and descendant of Franz von Sickingen, with cheesehead and Fox and Friends
Square dance with the Dreisam Swingers.
The Black Forest Badgers on stage.
The MCBB in full swing during their Saturday performance with lead singer Lo Marie setting the pace.