The date for the 2017 Liederkranz Craft Brew & Sausage Fest will be Aug. 19, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., only two days before the Total Solar Eclipse which will pass right over central Nebraska, including Grand Island where the event has been held in the city's downtown for the last two years. "What an amazing coincidence that the Saturday we identified last year as the date in August for our event is leading right into one of the most anticipated astronomical events in the state for our third year," said Chris Rosacker, one of the three founders of the Brew Fest. "This will be a heck of a weekend to be in Grand Island this year." Communities across the state that will fall squarely in the middle of the eclipse path on Aug. 21, 2017 (a Monday) are already planning events and marketing to tourists. Hotels in Grand Island are already getting booked, so Brew Fest organizers are encouraging folks to make a three-day weekend out of event and take advantage of Grand Island's offerings leading into the eclipse. "Why not come to Grand Island, catch the Brew Fest on Saturday afternoon, stick around our historic downtown 'Railside' that evening, maybe do some shopping or visit Stuhr museum on Sunday, and then watch the eclipse on Monday?" said Jeremiah Krantz, vendor coordinator and one of the Brew Fest founders. Participating brewers, the band, ticket prices and other details will be released in the months leading into the Brew Fest. Stay tuned!
Photo courtesy of Julie Morris Photography
Path of the Aug. 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse over Nebraska. The center of the Eclipse will pass right over Grand Island. Image from http://www.eclipse2017.org/2017/states/NE.htm