Robert Cove's Germanfest kicks off Oct.4-5

Come celebrate German-style at the Fourteenth Annual Roberts Cove Germanfest on Saturday and Sunday, October 4-5, 2008.

The festival will be held on the grounds of St. Leo IV Catholic Church in Roberts Cove, located off Rayne Exit 87 on Interstate 10 in Acadia Parish. Activities will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Germanfest features traditional Cove German foods such as sausage, potatoes, sauerkraut, and desserts; and also highlights German cultural activities, folklore, music, dancing, and other great food and drinks.

Music from the German bands, Alpenfest and Alpenmusikanten, invites Fest goers to participate in their entertainment along with the Germanfest Folk Singers and German dancers. A delightful attraction will be Kinder Auftrit, a local children’s dancing and singing group; and on Saturday afternoon the “Voice of Vermilion Chorus” will once again sing at Germanfest. On Saturday night a local band for the younger adults called the “Tailgators” will be performing. The Louisiana Purchase Barber Shop Quartet will also be strolling around the grounds for your enjoyment.

Festival goers will enjoy the Roberts Cove German Heritage Museum which exhibits artifacts from many ancestors. Exhibits change from year to year so that visitors can experience the different items, traditions and crafts handed down from generation to generation.

Visit the folklore tent and learn a little about Roberts Cove's history; and see demonstrations of crafts handed down from ancestors. A favorite attraction at the festival is the rice threshing demonstrations which shows a re-enactment of the threshing dinner, sack sewing and shock assembly.

Other attractions include an Antique Tractor Club displaying antique tractors, the Blacksmith Association demonstrating old time blacksmith skills, Kinder Land, a “kid friendly” festival with free games and activities. Fest goers are also invited to visit the Gift Shop with available items such as hand crafted gifts, German hats, pins, t-shirts, German cookbooks, aprons, steins, canned fruits and vegetables, and much more.

Germanfest is a fun event for all which allows the community of Roberts Cove to showcase its German culture and raise awareness of a German community in Louisiana that has maintained its heritage for over a century in this French area. For information about the G e r m a n f e st, visit the website at

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