PRESS PHOTOS BY TIM GILMAN AND DANA GRUBBCrowds fill the Festplatz area during Musikfest, now in its 34th year, held Aug. 4-13 in Bethlehem. An estimated 1.2 million people attended the event, with many enjoying the food and performances under the main tent.
Edward Ivankovits, of Coplay, and Mary Steinern, of Bethlehem, enjoy German food at the Festplatz tent, which has a variety of vendors nearby to satisfy the dancers. Ivankovits said he especially likes brats and beer. The couple has been attending the festival for the last 15 years, at least twice each year.
Helen and Jim Roth, of Nazareth, come to Musikfest every year and especially enjoy polka dancing in the Festplatz tent. The Austrian Boys Band is one of their favorites.
Late Saturday afternoon’s Musikfest crowd near lower Main Street and the Hill-to-Hill Bridge
The new Martin Guitar Co. stage hosts folk singer Carly Moffa from Nashville Aug. 5 for her first Musikfest performance. The 16th and newest stage at the Yuengling Festplatz tent attracted a standing-room-only crowd.
The Dave Fry Trio returns to Musikfest on its second day. Fry, on acoustic guitar, leads Kris Kehr on bass guitar and John Cristie on electric guitar. The Dave Fry Trio specializes in folk, Americana and bluegrass music.