The next American Turners National Festival is coming to New Ulm, Minnesota. The Festival will run from Tuesday, July 25, to Saturday, July 29, 2023.
Registration opens April 15! Get your friends and teams together and start planning your trip to New Ulm, MN July 25-29!! The 56th National Festival is an event making history every 4 years. Read the Registration Instructions below then fill out your Registration form. If you’re signing up for a team event, your Captain should be the one filling out the Roster, which is also below. We look forward to seeing Turners from across the US at this fun family event!Topics.March_.registration.2023
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On September 23, 2021, the Turner National Council accepted the New Ulm Turners’ bid to host the event — the oldest continuing sports festival in the United States. The first Turnfest was held in 1851 in Philadelphia. Known as “The People’s Olympics”, the event is held once every four years, giving Turners the opportunity to compete in sports and cultural events. Although the New Ulm Turnverein is one of the oldest and most significant clubs in the United States, it has never hosted the National Festival.
Reflecting the Turners’ motto, “A Sound Mind in a Sound Body,” Turnfest is divided into two areas of participation. The physical competition includes men and women’s gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, tumbling, track and field events, swimming, diving, volleyball, golf, tennis, mass drill and model drill exhibitions. Cultural exhibitions and events include more than 100 categories from scrap books to fine art to solo and group music, speech, and dance performances. The Turners have always been a family organization and participants range from nine years of age to ninety.
To learn more about the competitions, check the results from the 2019 National Festival.