28th Annual Wendish Fest on September 25

  • Egg Decorating
    Egg Decorating
  • Pot of Noodles
    Noodle Making
  • Stick Horse Racing Competition
    Stick Horse Racing
  • Washer Pitching Competition
    Washer pitching
  • Docent
  • Spinning Demonstation
  • German Singers
  • Red and Bob Boyce
  • Wendish Fest Serving Line
  • Corn Mill Demonstration

Each year the Texas Wendish Heritage Society host a festival on the fourth Sunday in September. This years event will be on September 25. Events are scheduled throughout the day beginning with the church services at St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Featured entertainment this year will be the The Brazos Polka Kapala (Band)!

St. Paul Lutheran Church

One of the Painted Churches of Texas.

English Church Service … 8:30
German Church Service … 10:30

  • Rev. Walter A. Dube, Pastor Emeritus, Pilgrim Lutheran Church, Houston and now in retirement serving as Lutheran Volunteer Chaplain at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • Rev. John Schmidt, Pastor St. Paul Lutheran Church

Church Tours … 12:30 & 1:30

Picnic Grounds

Noon Meal ticket sales … 9:45 (meal served until 1:30)

Sausage • Sauerkraut • Green Beans • Wendish Noodles • Beets • Peaches • Homemade Bread
Desserts purchased separately

Coffee or Tea

Adults $9.00 ♦ Children $4.00 ♦ Take-out plates $9.00

Snack Booths Open … 2:00

Sausage & Sauerkraut Boats & Wraps
Drumsticks, Noodles & Desserts
Granny’s Homemade Ice Cream


Music All Day!

Coffee Cake Bake-off

Deadline for entries … 10:30 (Coffee-cake Bake-off)
Winners Announced… 12:30
Live Auction … 2:00
Bid on winning coffee cake entries!!! Auction proceeds designated for Texas Wendish Heritage Scholarship Fund.

Noodle Making … 2:00
Sausage Stuffing … 2:30
Wine Making … 3:00


The Brazos Polka Kapala (Band)
The ensemble will play a variety of music and styles with unique instrumentation, offering an eclectic mix of familiar melodies, fiddle music, ragtime, jazzy tunes, and of course a healthy collection of polkas (featuring many traditional Wendish polkas).

Kapała members are professional musicians from around the Brazos Valley area who are teachers, performers, and members of the Brazos Valley Symphony, The Theatre Company, and College Station String Quartet.

Exhibits & Demonstrations

Kilian Building & St. Paul Building

Wendish Easter Egg Decorating • Rope Making • Quilting • Lace Making … 10:00 – 3:00

Wendish Pickle Tasting

Picnic Grounds

Spinning • Stone Ground Corn Meal • 1918 Stone Grist Mill • Homemade Soap • Sauerkraut Making • Noodle Making • Wine Making • Sausage Stuffing • Blacksmithing • 1926 Fire Truck • Vintage Farm Equipment • Classic Autos

Silent Auction … 10:00 to 2:30

Washer Pitching Contest … 2:00 (Sign-up … 1:30 sharp)

Cross-cut Saw Contest … 4:45

Texas Wendish Heritage Country Store and Vintage Book Sale
Circle Drive at Museum

Childrens Activities

  • Stick Horse Races … 1:00
  • Coloring Contest … 1:30
  • Greased Pole Climbing (Kletternpfosten) … TBA
  • Face painting … 1:30 to 4:00
  • Train Rides by SLCVFD … about 2:00
  • Bounce House by Thrivent

Twenty-Eight Years in Review

A special exhibit in reflection of 28 years of Wendish Fest celebrations will be on display. Please take time to view the exhibit, share past memories and make new ones during the 28th annual Wendish Fest!

The Museum Complex

The Museum Complex will be open from 10:00 until 3:00.

Peter Building

  • General help and Information
  • Library
  • Genealogy

St. Paul Building (North side of the Courtyard)

Permanent Exhibits

Thank You

The Texas Wendish Heritage Society gratefully acknowledges the continued support received from TWHS members who are from seven countries and forty-one states plus the District of Columbia.

Additional THANKS is extended to St. Paul Lutheran, the local community, City of Giddings, Giddings Area Chamber of Commerce, sponsors and volunteers for Wendish Fest.

4 Responses

  1. Leroy Anderson says:

    Thank you Travis. Hope to see you there.

  2. HenryHank says:

    Why do you call yourselves wends? the real name for the wends in english is Sorbs

    • Director says:

      “Wend” is a term used by the Germanic population in reference to the Sorbs in their homeland.