Halstenbeker Schützenfest, King Julian, Pinneberg, Hamburg, Germany

The Monday session, concludes another dramatic shoot-out.

Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany
Monday morning @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

I was up at 4:30 am and took Rick for a spin. I really enjoy the early morning tranquility out in nature.

But today is also the conclusion of the new ‘Schützenfest King of Halstenbek’. A tradition done for ages.

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Flag up high @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

As far as I understand, this is still the original ceremony. It takes some guts to become Schützenkönig for a year.

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Proclamation @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

This honor is time-consuming and not cheap. But it takes more luck than anything to become the new king. The target is positioned anywhere on a covered board, no one knows where. 16 euro a shot, and anyone of the ‘Schützenfest Garde’ could gather the crown. The second closest becomes ‘First Ritter’, as his knight.

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Knight in shiny armour @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

The third closest shooter is the second crusader. It’s all about shootin’ here.

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Honour @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

This of course needs to be celebrated. It means that you will be the center of attention for the whole year. Along with your two knights. ‘But it feels like a great privilege’ Ratz-Rübe said.

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Experienced @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

And that’s what all this Schützenfest is about. Yvonne cheered up, she looked tired all weekend. It’s been a long year.

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Smiling again @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

I wasn’t sure if I was up for tonight. ‘Fuhle mich schuchtern heute’ the text read I sent to Katrin. They laughed at me when I arrived. Dirk, Katrin and Kerstin lead the way into the tent.

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Green @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

There was a whole lotta green sitting along table benches. I tried to blend in.

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Blendend @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

Thankfully we found a standup table at the bar.

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Tradition @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

Wow, check this out. There is so much history and future in this tent. 

Ille was amongst them, on the phone? Ille! You too? ‘Geöffnete phone! the text to her autocorrected. She did get off the phone laughing. 

Whilst the guard was still debating about knights and kings, another king arrived.

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German precision @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

He was bored shitless. When wolfs and foxes leave, monkeys come out to play.

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Madagascar @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

And that’s how monkeys respond. ‘Hail King Julian’ I felt like shouting. ‘Let me entertain you.’

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King Julian @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

Dirk, Katrin, and Kerstin knew and tried not to burst out laughing.

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Trying to keep a straight face @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

I couldn’t hold myself. Imagine the reaction.

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Double @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

I would have been kicked out for sure, no one could place me. They would have to carry me out laughing.

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Monkey cheek @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

Ingo Görner and his girlfriend stood next to me as I changed table position. They both smiled and thought ‘Who is this lunatic?’

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G’day mate @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

They came to dance, but no one was dancing on the dance floor.

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Moved @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

There was plenty of movement around me, but no one was on the dance floor. That’s what everyone said. Well, what are you waiting for?

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Knights @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

King Julian sent out his knights Kerstin and Ille to confirm that this is no bullshit! He couldn’t resist a threesome on the dance floor.

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The winning dance @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

He outdanced Katrin and Dirk for the first time at this event.

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Crowned @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

King Julian won 1:0 in extra time and proclaimed his crown. Affen theater. 

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The final Cut @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

A final group photo before we passed the mechanics, dismantling their workshop. So, this is it for Schützenfest 2022. Who knows when I will be here again? And what will happen then? No one knows. I hope it turns out the same way it did this year and the years before. I have no doubt.

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Carefree @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

‘We’ll see you next time’ Kerstin, Katrin, Ille, and Dirk said as they wandered off passed the cemetery. Next time it is. 

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Good mates @Halstenbeker Schutzenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

I hope this kinda reflects what this first weekend in September in Halstenbek represents. If someone is offended, which is not my intention, I suggest reading all posts again.

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2022 @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

It is purely entertaining, past and present. Be a kid and create new memories by remembering the old times, when we were kids.

I did have an awesome time again and as I cherish my memories, I knew exactly what shirt to wear. You may have noticed my Australian Socceroos Football shirt? Maja thoughtfully painted the theme on my back, thank you again.

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Family @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

And friends and family signed. I like everything about this shirt.

Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany
Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

Football, friends, and family. Australia and Halstenbek at Schützenfest 2022. The colors shine fabulously in the evening sun on another sunny weekend.

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Outstanding perfomance @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

It made me stick out a little though. 

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