Nadine I. crowned Fountain Queen

Saturday, 9th April, 2016 saw the end Christina II.’s reign as Oberursel’s Fountain Queen (Brunnenkönigin).

The evening started with live music from the group “Natürlich 3”, before the guests were welcomed by Hessische Rundfunk presenter Tim Frühling.  In an unprecedented move he welcomed the future queen, Nadine I., who was sitting in the audience.  This is the first year that the name has been revealed publicly in advance.

And it was Nadine’s taste in music that influenced the next act.  Singer Anjuschka Uher sang the winning title from the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest: “Euphoria”.  Later it was the turn of Stierstadt’s firebrigade band to play one last time for Christina before her farewell speech.

Finally the time arrived for Christina to hand back her crown and sceptre, and her Brunnenmeister to hand back his leather apron, after which she was welcomed into the exclusive club of “Ex-Queens”.

After a brief history of the early years of the Fountain Festival, it was time for Nadine to make her entrance, accompanied by a song from the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest: “It’s my time”, and to give the first speech of her reign and take to the dance floor with her Brunnenmeister Christian.

The event and the year as Fountain Queen is organised by the joint charities group in the town, and Nadine’s charity is called Kinder in Nepal e.V., which is based in Oberursel but provides medical and educational support for Children in Nepal.  The raffle which was held at the end of the evening raised €1,000 for them.


About Graham Tappenden

Graham Tappenden is a British ex-pat who first came to Oberursel in 1993 and returned with his family to live there in 2003. He has been writing for since 2006. When not writing blog posts or freelancing for the Oberurseler Woche he works as a self-employed IT consultant solving computer problems and designing websites. In 2016 he gained German citizenship.

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