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Cheer at the World Championship Dainty Contest July 25

Did you know that a Louisville neighborhood is the historic home for a World Championship? It’s the World Championship Dainty Contest, and it’s a very unique event that you can’t find anywhere else. This sporting event is a fun neighborhood tradition that encourages friendly competition and lots and lots of laughter.

A Day of Dainty

Go to the heart of Schnitzelburg, at 1000 Goss Avenue, to see all the fun action. Dainty is an old German sport that involves hitting a small stick with a much bigger stick, and it’s actually much harder than it sounds. Competitors must be 45 and older, but it’s just as fun to be a spectator. Some of Louisville’s well-known personalities come to the Dainty Contest, so you never know who you’ll see competing. Louisville’s mayor and other movers and shakers have competed before, and that’s something you just don’t want to miss.

Over the years, the contest has developed a festival atmosphere. There will be cotton candy for the kids, cold brew for the adults and even a place to play the lotto in case you feel lucky. Kids can enjoy the one-legged races while you listen to live music. And your day just isn't complete without the traditional Dainty meal: a bologna sandwich with a whole dill pickle and chips. It’s free to come and see all the action and cheer for your favorite athlete, so go enjoy a day of Dainty in Schnitzelburg.

See History and Modern Living in Schnitzelburg

D.H. Meriwether plotted Schnitzelburg in 1866, so this neighborhood has a long history in Louisville. As the name suggests, many Germans came to settle in this area when Louisville was still pretty young. They brought with them their delicious food, their interesting sport and their entrepreneurial spirit. You can still find that lively spirit and a lingering German culture in this part of the city, ingredients that make it a unique part of Louisville.

You'll see lots of amazing shops and restaurants in Schnitzelburg and nearby Germantown, the neighborhood that's right next to the home of the World Dainty Championship. Once covered with small farms and homesteads, this neighborhood still bears the look of pioneering residents. There are lots of home gardens and urban homesteads in Germantown, and it's not uncommon to see unique innovations and pieces of art on the homes here. There's a large collection of shotgun homes in this part of Louisville, along with cozy Craftsman-style houses and cute fixer-uppers and historic homes that have been renovated.

Go take a look around Germantown and Schnitzelburg this July for the Dainty Contest, and go see why so many people love living in this one-of-a-kind part of Louisville.

About the Author:  Joe Hayden is the Team Owner and Manager of the Joe Hayden Real Estate Team - !

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