The 38th annual Freistatt Lions Club's Ernte Fest is set to open this Friday and Saturday in Freistatt. The traditional celebration of German culture will include German food, music, games and live entertainment.
Festivities will begin at 4:30 p.m. both days on the Ernte Fest grounds, which are located at the north end of Freistatt. A traditional German meal of bratwurst, sauerkraut, German potato salad green beans, and the trimmings is served in the main building. Other snacks, sandwiches and dinner items are available in the snack shack.
The bier garten will open at 4:30 p.m. as well. Live music will begin then with the Johnnie Ziebert Band and the Sauerkrauts playing German music from the main stage. The second stage at the southwest corner of the grounds will feature more contemporary country and blues by the Liz Moriando Band on Friday and Southern Green on Saturday, both beginning at 8 p.m.
Rides include the old fashioned horse-drawn merry-go-round for all ages, and smaller rides for youth. There are games for all ages including bingo. At the children's duck pond and the "fishing hole," every child wins.
Free Fall Express skydivers will provide a demonstration at 7:30 p.m. both days.
Proceeds from the festival benefit Lions charities. This year $1 out of the $5 collected for parking on the grounds will be donated to the Joplin Schools tornado fund. For more information about the annual Ernte Fest, visit www.erntefest.org.