29th Annual Wendish Fest on September 24

Mark your calendars and plan to join us on Sunday, September 24 for our Annual Wendish Fest. As the following schedule indicates, it will be a full day of fun activities, great music, and tasty food!

This year’s featured performers will be the Tubameisters, a talented group of 4 musicians who are also former band directors (one a U.S. Army Bandmaster). The Tubameisters have a playlist of hundreds of tunes with an emphasis on German and Czech polkas and waltzes, a little Country-Western, Pop and Rock-and-Roll, and will also feature – just for Wendish Fest – some traditional Wendish folk tunes.

Please consider donating homemade baked goods for our dessert stand and/or items for our silent auction. Desserts and auction items should be delivered by 10:00 a.m.

Come join us on September 24!

Zetkamy so w Serbskim Festiwalu!!

St. Paul Lutheran Church

One of the Painted Churches of Texas.

English Church Service … 8:30
Sunday School … 9:30
German Church Service … 10:30

  • Rev. Dr. William Schumacher, Director of the Institute For Mission Studies Concordia Seminary, St. Louis
  • 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 $10.00 ♦ Children $5.00 ♦ Take-out plates $10.00

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 … 12:45
Bid on winning coffee cake entries!!! Auction proceeds designated for Texas Wendish Heritage Scholarship Fund.

Scholarship funds are raised through membership donations and fundraising activities. Since 2014 a total of $33,000 has been awarded to students of Wendish heritage.

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


The Tubameisters (Band)

Music by this group of four from San Antonio, Texas will feature arrangements of tuba and ethnic European sounds to enjoy.
Members of the TubaMeisters are:

Ezra Johnson – Euphonium and Vocals
Al Tapia – Euphonium and Vocals
Ray Grim – Tuba and Vocals
Richard Wallace – Tuba, Euphonium & Arranger


Exhibits & Demonstrations

Kilian Building & St. Paul Building

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

Wendish Pickle Tasting

Picnic Grounds

Spinning • Weaving • Rag Rug Loom • Basket Weaving • Knitting

Stone Ground Corn Meal • 1918 Stone Grist Mill • Corn Shelling

Homemade Soap • Sauerkraut Making • Noodle Making • Wine Making • Sausage Stuffing

Classic Autos • Vintage Fire Fighting and Farm Equipment

Balcones Forge Blacksmiths

500th Reformation Commemoration

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

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.