Maypole Dancers – Amana Colonies Maifest 2012
This past weekend was the annual Maifest Celebration in the Amana Colonies. The weather was beautiful on Saturday which brought out a pretty healthy crowd to celebrate Spring’s new life. That is what the spirit of Maifest is all about. The Amana Colonies are German-settled villages in East Central Iowa that date back to the mid 1800′s. Contrary to popular belief, these Colonies are not Amish. Instead, these villages were founded by German immigrants who escaped Christian persecution. Maifest is annual Spring celebration by these folks aiming to get back to their roots.
One of the traditions of Maifest is Maypole Dancing. The dancers don their traditional German garb and perform traditional song and dance around a maypole. They form circles and rhythmically weave their ribbons around the pole in song. Feel free to safely click any photo for a full size view.
The Amana Colonies are situated between Iowa City and Cedar Rapids conveniently located off of Interstate 80 and Interstate 380. You can easily spend a day sampling the many shops, museums, wineries and restaurants, and can even play a round of golf on the Championship Amana Colonies Golf Course.