Annual Germanfest slated for Oct. 6-7 weekend

ROBERTS COVE – The community of Roberts Cove will once again host its annual celebration of its rich German culture the first weekend of October.

Beginning at 10 a.m. Oct. 6, St. Leo’s Catholic Church grounds, located along Hwy. 98, will host Germanfest again this year.

Germanfest officials are excitedly finalizing plans and activities that will allow all attending to enjoy and recognize the area’s German roots.

The 18th Annual Roberts Cove Germanfest will be held Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Oct. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

It will not only feature traditional German foods, such as sausage, potatoes, sauerkraut and desserts, but it will highlight German cultural activities, folklore, music, dancing and other great food and drinks.

Festival goers can also enjoy the Roberts Cove German Heritage Musuem, which exhibits artifacts from many ancestors; and each year something different is showcased.

Germanfest attendees are invited to visit the folklore tent and learn a little about the area and festival’s history. There, attendees can also see demonstrations of crafts handed down from ancestors. Also, incorporated in the rice threshing demonstration will be a re-enactment of the threshing dinner, sack sewing and shock assembly.

For other entertainment, there will also be German bands, Alpenfest and Alpenmusikanten, which will invite festival goers to participate in their entertainment, along with Germanfest folksingers and dancers.

Another delightful attraction is Kinder Auftrit, a local children’s dancing and singing group; and on Saturday evening, a local band for the younger adults, the “Tailgators” will be performing.

There will also be children’s activities, guaranteeing fun for the whole family.

There is an admission charge, which covers all activities except food, drinks and souvenirs.

German costumes are always welcome as well as lawn chairs, but ice chests, glass bottles and pets are not allowed.

There will be covered and shaded areas to help beat the heat.

Hours for selected locations are–German Heritage Museum, Saturday, 10:30-6:30, Sunday, 10-4:30; gift shop, Saturday, 10:30-7, Sunday, 10-4; and Kinder Land (Kiddie Land) games and activities, Saturday, 10-6; Sunday, 10-4:30.

A full slate of events, entertainment and refreshments await all come Oct. 6-7, and, Germanfest organizers look forward to seeing you there.

To get to Germanfest, take Exit 87 and head north of Interstate 10 along Hwy. 35 and take an immediate left on Hwy. 98 at Chevron, or just follow the signs.

For more information, visit the Germanfest website at, call or fax the Roberts Cove Germanfest Association at 337.334.8354 or email them at

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