September 16, 2017
10AM to 5PM
German Kulturfest at the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County is a fun-filled day for the whole family. The event will highlight a variety of performers, craftspeople, food, traditional arts, craft beer, and kids’ activities all focusing on German Culture. Join us Saturday, September 16, from 10am to 5pm, at the Hjemkomst Center. Admission is $5 for adults and teens, and youth 12 and under are free with paid adult.
Do not miss Dale Dahmen and the Beats from 10:00AM to 1:00PM or Kris Keltgen and the Riverbend Dutchmen from 1:00PM to 5:00PM as the two Minnesota bands show off their German heritage with contemporary spins and traditional polka styles. As the second bandleader Kris Keltgen proclaims, “Old time music is certainly not dead. It is good music and people continue to enjoy themselves!” This enthusiastic band will keep your toes tapping and maybe even dancing!
This year, we have a wonderful assortment of vendors who highlight a variety of German wares, crafts, and talents. Evelyn’s Bunzlau Polish Pottery, specializing in boleslawiec stoneware, will be attending. Be sure to see the stoneware that is popular in Silesia province, Germany; this type of pottery features simplistic styles like eyespots paired with earth tones.
Executive Director Maureen Kelly Jonason notes, “My deep-seated Prussian roots fire up at the sound of the oompa music and the scent of bratwurst in the air!” But her favorite thing about German Culture Day is how excited the older visitors get about sharing German culture with the younger generation: “We have more people of German descent in this country than any other heritage and their pride shows.”
As Jonason suggested, the food will be another highlight. HCS’ own Kelly Wambach has prepared a full German menu, sure to please. Menu items will, of course, include sauerkraut and hearty pork chops, and you can wash it all down with some German brews. Food service will begin at 10am and continue until all the food is sold.
The Fargo Moorhead Convention of Visitors Bureau, the Fargo Howard Johnson, Moorhead Public Service and Moorhead Rotary generously support German Culture Day.
The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County collects, preserves, interprets, and shares the history and culture of Clay County, Minnesota. HCSCC also provides interpretation of the Hjemkomst Viking Ship, Hopperstad Stave Church Replica, and hosts traveling exhibits in 7,000 sq. feet of temporary exhibition space. The Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County is a community resource for 210,000 people in the Fargo-Moorhead metro area and serves an average of 30,000 visitors a year from all over the world.
For more information, call 218-299-5511 or visit www.hcscconline.org. The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County is located in the Hjemkomst Center at 202 First Avenue North in Moorhead.