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Sauerkraut demand exceeds festival supply

Officials have to run out to replenish sauerkraut

Evan Boettner 11 of Forreston mucches his way through a piece of watermelon during the kids eating contest during Forreston's Sauerkraut Days on Saturday. Photo by Earleen Hinton
Evan Boettner 11 of Forreston mucches his way through a piece of watermelon during the kids eating contest during Forreston's Sauerkraut Days on Saturday. Photo by Earleen Hinton

The main edible feature of Forreston’s Sauerkraut Days almost proved too popular.

“We’ve had such a good turn out that we had to send someone to Freeport to get more sauerkraut,” said Harrell Wiggins, commander of the Forreston American Legion. “We bought out three stores.”

Visitors to the festival on Saturday waited patiently as more bratwurst were grilled to be served with that German delicacy, sauerkraut.

“This is just wonderful. Much better than we expected,” Wiggins said. “We’re pretty much out of everything and it is only 2 o’clock.”

Other events on Saturday included spaghetti and watermelon eating contests, a car show, petting zoo, craft show, bingo, and water fights for kids and local firefighters, compliments of the Forreston Fire Department.

“Cool,” said Zach Pierson, 12, of Forreston, as he stood in the refreshing spray of the water fights during the 90-degree temps.

“This is the first time we’ve combined Hometown Days and Sauerkraut Days and it made a lot of sense. We definitely had a record for lunch, 568,” Wiggins said.

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