Ernte-Fest celebrates German heritage with 43rd annual beer, food, music festival

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Though there were fewer rides and entertainment diversions for young people at this year's Ernte-Fest, Monett teens Alejandro Macias and Karina Serrano, left, and Natalia Delion and Jose Hernandez, right, found the Twin Spin quite stimulating. The Two Spin and the cow train were both provided by the GRIP home in Verona, which will have them at their Corn Maze this fall. Murray Bishoff/

Though there were fewer rides and entertainment diversions for young people at this year's Ernte-Fest.

Rylee Umbarger, 3, of Monett, supported by her mom, Annesha, tried her hand at the ring toss run by the Monett Lions Club for the younger crowd at Ernte-Fest on Friday. Walt Hamer from the Monett Lions Club, at left, encouraged Rylee until she became a winner. Murray Bishoff/
New memorabilia available at this year's Ernte-Fest included this year's T-shirt, designed by Monica (Senniger) Curl, right, as well as cups that light in the dark, some with different colors. Jordan Hall, left, helped Curl sell the take-home trinkets and the coozies, at front left. Murray Bishoff/
Jordan Hamilton, of Carthage, danced with his daughter Eabea, who will turn 2 in October, at the Ernte-Fest in Freistatt on Friday. "She loves the music," Hamilton said. Murray Bishoff/
Food is always a big part of the Ernte-Fest tradition, whether it's the traditional German meal or American picnic food from the Snack Shack. Pictured with their meal, from left, are: Monettans Lea Ann Broderick, Jackson and Grace Broderick, and Marlea and Kordel McBlair, Murray Bishoff/
One of the most popular activities for adults at Ernte-Fest continues to be bingo, hosted by the Aurora Lions Club and held inside the main Ernte-Fest building. Chuck and Eva Jobe tried their luck while Aurora Lions, from left, Eddie Breeding, Frank Peterson, Bob Eagan and Seth Dawson stood ready to spring into action as needed. Murray Bishoff/
Ed and Alma Eliason, from Avilla, took advantage of an open dance floor to enjoy the music at Ernte-Fest on Friday. The Eliasons came to the Freistatt event three years ago and were married three weeks later, so returning brings back good memories for the couple. The Polka Meisters from Tulsa had much more success leading the dance crowd on Saturday night, playing to a much bigger audience. Murray Bishoff/
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