Hauck’s Corner preview, 52nd Annual World Championship Dainty Contest

Hauck’s Corner preview, 52nd Annual World Championship Dainty Contest

There’s a lot to unpack here, so to begin, let’s define our terms for the benefit of those out-of-towners who might be scratching their heads.

What is Schnitzelburg, anyway?

Schnitzelburg is a special part of the larger area of Louisville known as Germantown. While all of Germantown includes the area roughly bound by Breckinridge St., Shelby St., Eastern Pkwy., and Beargrass Creek, Schnitzelburg is the southwest (Shelby and Eastern Pkwy.) corner of the larger area. Traditionally, Schnitzelburg was defined by the loop of the old Portland-Shelby bus, and before that by a mule drawn car that made the same loop. The loop began at Shelby and Goss, and went out Shelby to Burnett, Burnett to Texas, Texas to Goss and back to Shelby.

And, how might the 52nd Annual World Championship Dainty Contest and Dainty Fest be described?

A German street game. A cherished tradition. On the last Monday in July, Schnitzelburg crowds onto the sidewalk of George Hauck Way (1000 Goss Avenue) to eat bologna sandwiches, listen to ragtime music, and watch contestants swing a whittled broom stick in hopes of being crowned a World Champion.

It’s a full-blown festive weekend, with Schnitzelburg, Germantown and Louisville residents celebrating...Read more