The Minnesota town of New Ulm has always been proud of its German roots and displays it with their town mascot Herman the German, along with their tagline “Germans Have More Fun”. In an effort to drive home that fact, the town’s Chamber of Commerce has launched a new “Legend of the Footprint” campaign by erecting a 4 foot tall cement footprint said to belong to the famous Teutonic warrior mascot, Hermann the German, on one of the exterior walls of their building.
This fun campaign encourages people to submit their theory on the footprint’s origins on a special Facebook page, and the person that submits the most creative idea will win a New Ulm prize package. Residents and visitors are encouraged to join in on the fun and even touch the footprint which is located at the corner of Minnesota Street and Center Street on the Center Street side. Once your there, New Ulm has plenty of German attractions and businesses to check out.
New Ulm Convention And Visitors Bureau Manager Terry Sveine said in a press release, “We were cleaning out the basement and, in the way back corner in the back room was this box. It was all boarded up and all dusty… We’d never seen it before, so we opened it up. Turns out it was this giant footprint.”
Sveine goes on to say that along with the giant footprint was a handwritten note saying “‘all who touched the footprint would have more fun for a day.’ And being the city of fun that we are, we thought we should embrace this newfound relic and show it off for all the world to see.”
It’s a fun idea, and if you have a clever explanation that you want to add to the mix, check out the special Facebook page to join in on the fun. We’ve included a short video below featuring Hermann the German.