I AM 100 PERCENT German.
My plate, filled with German foods like sauerbraten, sauerkraut, German potato salad, sweet and sour beets and more at St. John’s annual Germanfest.
I like German food.
Today was a gorgeous autumn day here in southeastern Minnesota, as glorious as they get.
The steeple of the historic stone church with the roofline of a German themed beverage booth in the foreground.
St. John’s United Church of Christ, Wheeling Township, rural Faribault, was hosting its annual Germanfest at its historic stone church out in the country.
Just a snippet of the buffet line.
I had to eat.
The social hall and rooms off the dining area were filled with diners.
And I couldn’t think of a better place to dine on this Sunday afternoon than at St. John’s. Great food in the company of wonderful folks. Out in the country. Perfect weather. Perfect day.
Some of the St. John’s kitchen crew, including long-time member Elsie Keller who is making German potato salad.
One of the major components of Germanfest is the fabulous quilt show inside the sanctuary.
Among the incredible quilts were these three hung from the balcony.
Each quilt comes with a story, this one among my favorites.
That glorious quilt show. Here you are seeing only a snippet of the quilts draped over pews.
My husband and I each bought a quilt raffle ticket.
The beautifully-appointed altar, complete with German and American flags.
Outside the church, I fell in love with the adorable goats at the petting zoo.
And this little guy loved the miniature donkeys.
Along with fresh produce and baked goods and greeting cards (some published by Warner Press with verses I wrote) and apple jelly was this art (including these cute pooches).
Bingo drew the young and the older.
Old-time music drew dancers and listeners to the tent next to the church.
© Copyright 2013 Audrey Kletscher Helbling