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Sauerkraut Day held in Forreston

By Vinde Wells


Cars, motorcycles, traditional German food, and family fun were featured Aug. 2 at Sauerkraut Day at Forreston’s Memorial Park.

“We had very good cars and bikes, the weather was beautiful, everyone was happy,” said Bret Schemel, one of the event’s organizers.

The annual event, sponsored by the Forreston American Legion, includes a car and bike show, a sauerkraut dinner, raffles and door prizes, as well as activities for youngsters.

Several new exhibitors entered their vehicles in the show, Schemel said, and those who attended seemed pleased with the gun raffle, 50-50 raffle, and door prizes given throughout the day.

“More and more people are coming for the sauerkraut,” he said. “And we had bouncy rides for kids and bingo. We had a little bit of everything.”

The bouncy rides were sponsored by Forreston Area Business Association.

Other activities included a bake sale sponsored by Faith Lutheran Church, along with cash bingo, petting zoo, craft booths and ball games, all sponsored by the Forreston Lions Club.

George Marrill, Emmettsburg, Iowa, was in town to visit with his old friend David Menz, who lives in Adeline.

“It’s a nostalgia weekend,” said Marrill as the two poured over a 1962 Chevy Impala owned by the Ralph Genandt family, Forreston.

Delbert Boelkens didn’t come so far. “I live two blocks away,” he said. “I don’t always get to come but I really enjoy this.”

The show is named in commemoration of Forreston’s longtime tradition of holding Sauerkraut Days, a celebration which drew thousands of visitors to town for the meal, parade, and other festivities starting in 1913. It was discontinued several years ago.

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