Plans are complete for the Freistatt Lions Club's 38th annual Ernte Fest, to be held Friday, Aug. 19 and Saturday, Aug. 20 on the Ernte Fest grounds in Freistatt.
The German heritage festival will again feature traditional German food plus rides, games and live music.
Dinner service will begin at 4:30 p.m. The menu will include bratwurst, sauerkraut, German potato salad, green beans, bread, cookie and a beverage. Other snacks, sandwiches and dinner items are available at the snack shack. Dinner will be $8 for adults and $5 for children.
Games will include bingo for adults, a pony-driven merry-go-round, a number of rides for small children, skill challenges such as a ring and cane toss and games of chance like Webber's Folly.
A variety of beers will be available in the bier garten, which will open at 4:30 p.m. both nights. A valid picture identification will be required. Beer sales will be done by token only.
Live entertainment will again include two stages. The Johnnie Ziebert Band will play German music both nights from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., followed by the Sauerkrauts, from San Antonio, Texas. Both bands will play from the festival's permanent stage near the dining area.
The second stage, located in the southwest corner of the festival grounds, will have different bands both nights, beginning at 8 p.m. On Friday, Liz Moriando and her band will return to play country music with a rock and blues flavor on Friday. Southern Green will play rock and country on Saturday.
Live music will continue until midnight. A new event is scheduled this year. An anvil shooting demonstration will be done performed at the field southwest of the main grounds. Free Fall Express Skydivers will arrive at 7:30 p.m. each evening.
Parking on the Ernte Fest grounds will cost $5. The Lions will donate $1 from each vehicle's fee to the Joplin Schools tornado fund.
Proceeds from the festival benefit Lions charities, such as vision restoration and screening services. Local organizations providing manpower to run the festival or its attractions will also earn funds for the hours worked.
The Ernte Fest grounds are located on the north edge of Freistatt on Highway H.