Maifest Virtual Exhibit

Since 1881, a colorful scene has unfolded in Brenham each May. This festival, known as Maifest, is a celebration highlighting German heritage, as well as showcasing the youth of the community. Except for several years during World War I and World War II, this event has been held annually since 1881, and includes elaborate coronations and a parade in downtown Brenham.

If you have family photos of yesteryear’s Maifest that you would like to share, please email us at

Learn more about Maifest here.

Maifest Anniversary List 2020

5th: 2015  Sr Halen Tilley, Gretchen West;  Jr Grant Rogas, Emma McIntyre

10th: 2010  Sr Jacob Lange, Elizabeth Stark;  Jr William Tomachefsky, Addison Thielemann

15th: 2005  Sr Devin Voelter, Brittany Tiaden;  Jr Garrett Altman, Cecilia Newman

20th: 2000  Sr Michael Hopkins, Jr, Jenny Wehmeyer;  Jr William Betts III, Madalyn Guelker

25th: 1995  Sr Kevin Schubert, Kathryn Kenjura;  Jr Derrick Box, Cathleen Cook

30th: 1990  Sr John Schulte, Anne Hamrick;  Jr Corby Alfred, Candice Appel

35th: 1985  Sr Ross Sommers, Lea Ann Boeker;  Jr Jason Williams, Jill Jones

40th: 1980  Sr Kevin O’Malley, Kay Schwartz;  Jr Ted Barnhill, Valeri Dietz

45th: 1975  Sr Richard O’Malley, Karen Boehnke;  Jr Kyle Picone, Dawn Moser

50th: 1970  Sr Paul LaRoche, Christie Barnes;  Jr Michael Hahn, Mark Whitehead,

Kathryn Boehm, Adelia Boehm

55th: 1965  Sr Billy Barnett, Jody Freeman;  Jr Paul Ehlert, Karen Utesch

60th: 1960  Sr Charles Simank, Kathyrine Jones;  Jr William Ehlert Jr, Cassandra Utesch

65th: 1955  Sr William Henze Jr, Marion Byrom;  Jr Bryan Greenwade, Carol Voelkel

70th: 1950  Sr Allan Hohlt, Betty Byrom;  Jr Fred Murchison, Linda Phillips

75th: 1945 No Maifest

80th: 1940  Sr Tom Adams Jr, Nancy Green;  Jr Sims Buckley, Patsy Koon

85th: 1935  Sr Henry Hughes, Mary Seidel;  Jr Thomas Giddings, Ann Hohlt

90th: 1930  Sr Dan Williams Jr, Flora Ann Williams; Clint Anderson, Milly Ann England

95th: 1925  Sr T.A. Low Jr, Mary Sommer

100th: 1920  No Maifest

105th: 1915  Sr Oscar Hoffmann, Gladys Baumgart

110th: 1910  Sr L.E. Rasberry, Lila Rasberry

115th: 1905  Sr Mackadee Barnett crowned by Fred Amsler

120th: 1900  Sr Julia Epstein crowned by Frank Dever

125th: 1895  Sr No Queen

130th: 1890  Sr Ethel Muse

135th: 1985  Sr Ida Basset crowned by William Lusk