Oldenburg’s Freudenfest has been described as “the biggest little German festival in Indiana,” reports committee volunteer Paul Selkirk.
“The atmosphere is reminiscent of Octoberfest in Germany,” he admits. “It gets bigger and bigger every year.”
Please drop by "In His Image" Christian Bookstore on Saturday! I will be there helping Eric give out free cups of our "Mystic Monk Coffee."
All the fun happens Friday-Saturday, July 17-18, near the town hall on Pearl Street (please see complete schedule in the box.)
Volun-teer Troy Ilderton encourages people to attend the “fun, family festival .... Many use it as a homecoming and time to visit .... People like to be in Oldenburg because it’s a very scenic place.”
Committee volunteer Karen Enneking is excited about the live auction Friday night. Many items have been donated. She reveals one of the most unique: a dirndl, a German outfit.
Live entertainment is a given. The Cincinnati band Pros’t performs Friday evening. The group “draws a big crowd .... This night used to be just for the locals and workers, but has grown so much over the last few years,” Enneking notes.
On Saturday, two funny guys named Die Doppel Adler Musikanten German Band arrive from Indianapolis, taking the stage several times. Batesville’s popular community ensemble, the Eureka Band, rounds out the sound. Indy’s Die Fledermauchen Tanzgruppe dancers perform twice.
Dinners include roast beef or fried chicken; sauerkraut; German potato salad or mashed potatoes; sausage and sauerkraut; green beans; slaw or applesauce. Lighter fare also is for sale: brats, metts, rib eye, barbecue pork and reuben sandwiches and desserts.
About 10 different imported beers will be available. “They are very popular price-wise and taste-wise,” adds Selkirk.
Athletes can walk, bike and/or jog Saturday. The early morning 10-K is a leisurely stroll through the countryside. Two distances of bike rides are scheduled, with cyclists departing at 8 a.m. Participants should meet in front of the town hall and wear helmets. For the $15 entry fee, they receive a T-shirt. Anyone under 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.
A free 1-mile fun run for children begins in late afternoon, followed by a 5-kilometer race. The Freudenthon will challenge the most physically fit. To win, one must complete the 10K walk, 20-mile bike ride and 5K and have the best 5K time.
“I applaud anyone who can do all three events on a hot day .... They often go unrecognized,” Enneking announces.
Patrons who want to be part of the Dress for the Fest German Costume Contest are welcome to come prepared as judges will be walking around the fest to determine the winners.
The amateur photo contest is back. Pictures can “be anything at all .... as long as they were taken in or of Oldenburg,” says coordinator Cheryl Webber. They can be any size from 4-by-6 to 8-by-10.
There is a limit of two entries per person. All photos must be turned in by Wednesday, July 16, at 4 p.m. at The Village Store. There is no entry fee.Please drop by "In His Image" Christian Bookstore on Saturday! I will be helping Eric give out free cups of our "Mystic Monk Coffee."