Planning underway for New Braunfels’ 175th anniversary celebration

Submitted by the New Braunfels Area Community Foundation

Special to the Herald-Zeitung, July 4, 2018

“What an earthly paradise could be created here.” — Dr. Ferdinand Von Roemer, 1845, New Braunfels, Texas It may seem like a long way away, but it will be here before you know it. Birthdays are like that.

In 2020, New Braunfels will celebrate its 175th birthday, and plans are already well underway for a celebration of epic proportions.

“We will kick it off with a New Year’s eve celebration,” said Doug Miller, finance committee chair.

Activities will take place at least once a month, and plans are being made to tie in to other 2020 events, such as the 60th anniversary of Wurstfest and the national Saengerfest (singer festival) competition, Anne Miller, general chairman, explained.

The celebration also will extend to other regular annual events, such as Folkfest and Wassailfest.

“We will put a 175th spin on it,” said Events Committee Chair Allison Humphries.

Special events will take place on and around the date of March 21, 2020 — Founders Day — which will fall on a Saturday.

Plans include a trail ride from Indianola, a gala, community- wide church service and several other activities throughout that weekend.

Celebration organizers are encouraging the community to submit their 2020 events at www.since1875. com and become a part of the celebration and the legacy.

Sponsorships for the celebration are still available, although the top level, Braunfelser ($6,000), has sold out.

Two sponsorship levels — Founder ($2,700) and Pioneer ($525) — are still open and include the following:

Founder – $2,700

Commemorative Plaque Special 175th Outdoor Shirt 50 percent of gala tickets (5) Recognition in printed and digital materials Medals (6) Coins (6) Lapel Pins (6)

Pioneer – $525

Commemorative Certificate 25 percent off gala tickets (2) Recognition in digital materials Coins (3) Lapel pins (3)

Sponsors also will be invited to a special kick-off toast.

Sponsors will be encouraged to attend the different anniversary events throughout the year, Humphries said. Visitors to the website,, also can view photos of past anniversary celebrations.