History leaps to life this Saturday at the annual Saxon Lutheran Memorial Fall Festival. Festivities kick off at 9 a.m. and will continue until 4 p.m.
The daylong festival takes visitors back to homesteading life in the country as it was during 19th century, right down to the displays of spinning wool and sawing wood. The first Fall Festival was held in 1981, which was primarily an apple butter cooking festival, but has grown in size and scope since that first year. One kettle of apple butter is still cooked the day of the festival as a demonstration, but the major cooking day (usually at least five kettles) is held on a Saturday in September.
Demonstrations along with the apple butter cooking include blacksmithing, apple cider press, butter churning, quilting, sausage making, and broom making. The requirement to have a craft booth is that the crafts are all handmade. At present, there are 45 crafters who will be selling their wares.
Many baked goods will be available at the country store and the bake oven. Seven food vendors will have a variety of edible items to choose from, including grilled cheese sandwiches, homemade doughnuts, and other traditional German food.
The requirement to have a craft booth is that the crafts are all handmade. At present, there are 45 crafters who will be selling their wares. Returning this year is the beer garden which will be featuring several German crafted beers as well as other domestic drinks.
Other activities include a pumpkin decorating contest, horse-drawn buggy rides, attendance prizes as well as the much-looked-forward-to highlight of the Schnitzelbank skit, which includes seventeen participants. Four other music groups will also be entertaining the crowd throughout the day.
All of the historical log cabins will be open for tours during the day. Admittance and parking to the Festival are free, but any donations are greatly appreciated.
All funds go toward the upkeep of the Memorial grounds and buildings. The Memorial operates as a 501c3 non-profit organization and this event is their major fundraiser to maintain the site and keep it open, safe and preserved for all to enjoy and for future generations to come.
Some of the era-events and demonstrations this year include:
- Butter churning
- Cider pressing
- Rail Splitting
- Bread baking
- Cooking soap
- Cross-cut sawing
- Wool spinning
- Wooden bucket making