GermanFest celebrates music, culture, faith

GLUCKSTADT – GermanFest has been a tradition of St. Joseph Parish for the last 28 years. This year the festival is set for Sunday, Sept. 28,  from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on the church grounds. As always, admission and parking are free.
The Gluckstadt community was founded in 1905 by families of German descent. Many of their descendants still live in the area and play an active role in putting on this festival.
The family-oriented event is best known for its German food and folk music provided by the bands, Die Mitternaechters and MS Schwingen.
Sizzling shish kabobs, bratwurst slathered in sauerkraut, and authentic German desserts, pies and other home-made favorites will be served. The menu also includes giant fresh oven-baked pretzels, hot dogs, and rippchenkraut (pork chops smothered in homemade sauerkraut). Dark and light beer will be on tap, along with sodas and bottled water. Again this year there will be a German wine tasting booth.
Meal tickets are $5 in advance and $6 on the day of the festival. Advance meal tickets are available from parishioners or by calling the parish office, 601-856-2054.
Kids activities include the ever-so-popular hamster pool ball, as well as the rock-wall, and an assortment of children’s games.
Commemorative German items, T-shirts, homemade breads, authentic German desserts, homemade jellies, spreads, canned goods as well as sauerkraut lovingly made by teams of parishioners will also be available for purchase.
Festival goers may wish to bring a lawn chair, but coolers, solicitors and pets are not allowed on the grounds.
For more information, call Pam Minninger, 601-856-2054, or visit