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German, Luxembourg food flavor Remsen's Oktoberfest

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Volunteers in Remsen expect to serve Oktoberfest meals to more than 1,000 people Saturday.

Oktoberfest, Remsen's annual fall celebration, is promoted through the Remsen Chamber of Commerce, according to Karen Harnack, Chamber secretary.

"Tradition has been to celebrate the end of harvest and the heritage of the town so we just kind of continued on that basis," Harnack said.

This weekend marks the 39th year of Oktoberfest.

Remsen's heritage will be showcased during Oktoberfest by the Luxembourg Heritage Society of Northwest Iowa with a display of the Homan family, according to a press release from the society.

The family was an honored family at the Luxembourg Heritage Festive in Belgium, Wisc., earlier this year.

On Saturday, Rose Homan will be available to answer questions about how a family can begin the process to become an honored family.

One of the heritage society's goals for this year is to have at least one Remsen area Luxembourg family recognized as an honored family at the festival in Wisconsin,the press release stated.

The display from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. will feature an opportunity for people to win a basket of products with a Luxembourg origin such as a flag, map and beverages from Belgium and Luxembourg, according to a press release.

The heritage booth will be in the Remsen-Union High School Commons, 511 Roosevelt St., beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday.

At 3 p.m., the display will be moved to St. Mary's High School gym, 523 Madison St.

Oktoberfest's all-you-can-eat family-style feast will be served at St. Mary's cafeteria from 3-8 p.m.

Dishes on the menu will include German and Luxembourg favorites such as Luxembourg treipen, bratwurst, headcheese, German potato salad and German kraut.

American favorites will include roast beef, chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing, cole slaw, rolls, milk and coffee.

Meal tickets will be available for purchase at the door beginning at 11:00 a.m. and may also purchased before Saturday at Iowa State Bank and American Bank, in Remsen.

Beverages, giftware and souvenirs will also be available in St. Mary's gym at the Beer Garden beginning at 1 p.m.

The festival's focus is youth early in the afternoon Saturday when the children's Bavarian costume and dance contests are in St. Mary's gymnasium at 1:30 p.m.

Youngsters will be judged on their Luxembourg attire, event participation and the chicken dance, the press release stated.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. more than 50 tables of arts and crafts will be displayed in the former Remsen City Hall building, 205 Fulton Street, and the Avalon Ballroom, 114 Fulton St.

A vendor fair with 20 participants features items at R-U High School from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Polka music will be performed for dancing and musical enjoyment at at St. Mary's gym from 3-5 p.m. and again from 6-9 p.m. when Bruce Bradley and Jim Strehlke present "Alpensterne."

People with questions about Oktoberfest may find more information at the website www.remseniowa.net. on Facebook or by emailing remsenoktoberfest@gmail.com.

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