28th Annual Wendish Fest on September 25
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
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
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
- 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.
- General help and Information
St. Paul Building (North side of the Courtyard)
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.