Rotarians learn more about this year’s Germanfest

CROWLEY – For the 18th time, Roberts Cove will celebrate its uniqueness during the weekend of Oct. 6-7.

The small community with deep German roots that is surrounded by Cajun French heritage will hold the 18th Annual Roberts Cove Germanfest on the grounds of St. Leo’s Catholic Church.

The Rotary Club of Crowley welcomed seven of those involved with the Germanfest to its meeting Tuesday to learn more about the festival and hear four songs from the group ahead of the festival.

Speaking on behalf of the group, Josie Thevis talked about how the group adapted to the area, especially through food before talking about the origins of Germanfest.

About two decades ago, then priest at St. Leo’s Catholic Church, Fr. Charles Zaunbrecher expressed his hopes that instead of having a family reunion on the church grounds each weekend that one large family reunion for all German families could be held. From that idea came Roberts Cove Germanfest, and since its inception, the community has helped the popularity of the festival grow and the fun of it to continue.

“We have wonderful volunteers,” said Thevis, “up to 600 that have helped pretty consistently over the years, and we do it as a community.”

When speaking of the festival, Thevis discussed the three F’s that have helped make the festival so popular–faith, family and fun.

Faith, as Thevis, discussed has a central focus Sunday morning where, under the big tent, a large crowd, approximated around 1,000 attendees, participate in outdoor mass. It is the first event Sunday, held at 9 a.m.

Then she turned her attention to family, as Germanfest is a family affair.

Not only can families expect good, clean fun, but with events set aside especially for children, particularly in the “Kinder Land,” all can attend without worrying if anyone will be left out.

Finally, she talked about fun, which Germanfest once again promises will be plentiful.

Music, folklore presentations, demonstrations and German Heritage Museum, which will once again have plenty of exhibits to help teach history and give many a new look at Roberts Cove’s connection to Germans.

“We are going to have a lot of interesting things to see,” said Thevis.

This year will feature three new events, highlighted by the Home Brew Competition, an American Homebrew Association (AHA) sanctioned home brewing competition.

Those wishing to participate must do so by Friday, Sept. 28. For more information on the entry process and the competition, visit http://www.robertscovegermanfest.com/#!home-brew.

But the main thing, Thevis stressed about Germanfest is that it is an all-inclusive event.

“I hear all the time from people that they didn’t go because they aren’t German,” she said. “Germanfest is not just for Germans, its to celebrate a culture.”

Admission to Roberts Cove Germanfest is $8 for adults and free to children under the age of 13.

To learn more about Roberts Cove Germanfest, visit http://www.robertscovegermanfest.com/ or call the Roberts Cover Germanfest Association at 337.334.8354.

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