Maifest Celebration of German Heritage

From traditional European polkas to heavy metal rock, the center of Germantown was a big party this past weekend as the village observed Maifest, a traditional spring celebration of German heritage. During the day, festival goers were treated to traditional German dance troups and a variety of polka music. Toward evening the music changed to pop and rock ‘n roll. A well-known local group, The Toys, was the main event on Saturday evening. Germantown Kiwanis was a big part of the event serving traditional ethnic foods and the best tasting brats, sausages, hamburgers and hot dogs you can get anywhere in the country.

The Germantown Kiwanis Club has been the keeper of traditions for many years, serving local favorite entres such as rouladen and potato pancakes. Senior citizens were heard to comment that the rouladen was “just like Mom used to make.”

At 6 o’clock on Sunday evening a special session of the celebration was held for the benefit of the children of the Griebel Family. All of the vendors cleared their cash boxes and from then until 9 PM all of the profits from food and beverage sales were donated to the Griebel Family fund.

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