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Opa: Birth of the Wurstfest logo

Posted: Saturday, November 6, 2010 8:00 pm

NEW BRAUNFELS - In 1961, New Braunfels resident Bob Self, a "quasi-artist," said he was asked by Dr. Ed. A. Grist, founder of the first sausage event, to draw road signs directing traffic to the one-day festival in Landa Park.

Self came up with a cartoon - a plump German-style "opa" (grandpa), dressed in lederhosen and long socks and chomping on a curved German pipe. The character also has one arm up as if thumbing a ride "to the sausage festival," said Self.

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  • pete_williams posted at 9:24 pm on Sat, Nov 6, 2010.

    pete_williams Posts: 20

    It would be interesting to know more about this, even if several artists were involved. Maybe Self did an original sketch, and Ruppel, who was also an artist, developed it a little more. Anyway, I hope they can find a way to tell the story of that.