Photos: New Ulm celebrates its annual Fasching and Bock Fest


A beer is poked at Bock Fest
1 A beer is poked at Bock Fest 
Bock Fest
2 Bock Fest 
John Kolbe of Sleepy Eye, Minn.
3 John Kolbe of Sleepy Eye, Minn. 
Matt and Steve Ringhofer
4 Matt and Steve Ringhofer 
Gary Penkert and Jean Dubell
5 Gary Penkert and Jean Dubell 
Old buttons and stickers
6 Old buttons and stickers 
Manager Virginia Suckermoldan
7 Manager Virginia Suckermoldan 
Winners of the Fasching costume contest
8 Winners of the Fasching costume contest 
The Narren group dances to a polka song
9 The Narren group dances to a polka song 
Sue Hogan, left, adjusts her goat mask
10 Sue Hogan, left, adjusts her goat mask 
Turner Hall during Fasching
11 Turner Hall during Fasching 
Kathy Ruby, dressed as a Narren character
12 Kathy Ruby, dressed as a Narren character 
Bars in downtown New Ulm
13 Bars in downtown New Ulm 
A nod to an old German peasant tradition
14 A nod to an old German peasant tradition 
Virginia Suckermoldan
15 Virginia Suckermoldan, manager at Turner Hall in New Ulm, Minn., donned a feathery mask during her shift on Saturday. Residents of New Ulm are encouraged to dress up in costume during Fasching, a festival that has been called the German Mardi Gras.