Watch the World-Famous Dainty Contest on July 28
Louisville is famous for the Kentucky Derby, an event that’s unique to the city – but did you know one Louisville neighborhood has its very own world-famous sport? If you’ve never seen dainty played live (or any other way), you must go to the Dainty Contest in Schnitzelburg.
World-Famous in Germantown
The world-famous Dainty Contest is always held on the last Monday in July. This year’s contest, the 44th, will be held on July 28 at Hauck’s Handy Store. It’s located at 1000 Goss Avenue, right in the thick of the Schnitzelburg community. The competition starts at 5:30, so show up early to pick out your viewing spot.
Dainty is a sport that’s worth taking a good look at. It’s a street game, primarily, and requires very little equipment to enjoy. All you need to play dainty is two sticks. One is held in the hand, the other is placed on the ground. The stick on the ground is hit with the handheld stick. The goal is to send the stick on the ground into the air. Once it’s in the air, it can be hit again with the hand stick. This baseball-like game has become a proud Louisville tradition, and the annual contest is always a fun event.
The contest itself is more than an excuse to enjoy food and beverages from street vendors, who will be in abundance. The dainty contest is also a fund raiser for the Little Sisters of the Poor, and an event that has become so synonymous with the community Schnitzelburg wouldn’t be the same without it. Anyone 45 and older can play dainty.
Schnitzelburg is a neighborhood within the larger community of Germantown, an area of Louisville bound by Breckinridge Street and Eastern Parkway. Shelby, Clarks Lane and Goss Avenue create the borders for Schnitzelburg.
As Butchertown became more and more crowded, German immigrants to Louisville had to find a new neighborhood for their homes. It became Schnitzelburg, and the German heritage is still strongly in evidence today. It has become a chic urban area of the city. You’ll find many homes here, but there is also a rich business community. It’s just three miles southeast of downtown Louisville, close enough for city amusements but far enough away to create a suburban feeling. Schnitzelburg gets its name from “schnitzel,” a food popular with Germans.
Maybe you can taste some of it at the dainty contest! Visit Schnitzelburg for yourself to see a one-of-a-kind event and visit a part of the city that’s unlike any other.
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