Wurst Festival

come have the wurst time

June 14th & 15, 2024

Come join us for our annual Amana Colonies Wurst Festival! The German tradition of making sausages is alive and well in the Colonies at the Market Barn in the village of Amana. You’ll find local sausage vendors, beer, drinks, desserts, and sides. Judges will select a “Judge’s Choice” winner, while YOU will select the people’s choice winner “First in Wurst”. Be sure to try from all the booths and vote for your favorite. We will have fun yard games, live music, and the Wurst University to round out the event.


The Wurst Games and Dachshund Derby*

Watch as majestic local Dachshunds compete to be the “Wurst Dog in Eastern Iowa”. See their tiny little legs carry them as fast as they can go across the finish line. Any and all Dachshunds are welcome to enter. 1st place in each of the six categories: Lil Smokies (< 1 year), Frankfurters (1-3 years), Bratwursts (4-7 years), Ahle Wurst (8+ years), Thuringer Brat (dachshunds with disabilities), and Curry Wurst (mixed breed), will receive a trophy and a $20 Amana Colonies gift certificate. See the Dachshund Derby Registration Form or contact the Visitors Center at 319-622-7622 for details. $5 cash entry fee per dog.

Dogs must be registered to participate and are required to have proof of vaccinations. You must check in by 4:45pm with your pup to make sure you get a spot in the races!

*Please note, only participating Dachshunds and service dogs allowed at Market Barn.


Check out the full event brochure on this web page for events happening throughout Amana at local businesses.


Click the image to download a 8.5 x 14 inch brochure.

Please Check the Year/Date!
Current Year Brochure will be available about 1 month before event,
Last Year’s Brochure available for reference.
Events may change from year to year!


Pick up a poster for only $5 at the Amana Colonies Visitor’s Center!

Brochures + Forms

2024 Wurst Festival Brochure

2024 Dachshund Derby Registration Form

Current Events


Thank you to our 2024 Festivals sponsors!

Compass Memorial Healthcare logo
KCRG Black
Hills Bank Logo
South Slope
US Bank Logo
For sponsorship opportunities please, contact the Festivals Director at events@amanacolonies.com.