Tuesday, August 28th, 2007
By William Kincaid
German Bier Fest planned
  ST. HENRY - A new community festival celebrating the village's strong German ancestry will be held Sept. 22 at the St. Henry American Legion.
Local barber and Sons of the American Legion member Scott Rindler, who is organizing the first annual German Bier Fest, said the event will feature national polka band The Squeeze Box, traditional German brats and metz and of course, plenty of beer, including brands from around the globe.
Rindler, who helped bring back the popular St. Patrick's Day Parade to the village this year, said the German Bier Fest is intended to highlight the village's German roots, he said.
All proceeds from the festival will be donated to community youth programs and a veterans' fund, according to Rindler.
Rindler was forthright about the event's celebration of beer, as he pointed out Mercer County's high consumption.
"Why not run an event that everyone knows how to do well - drink beer," he said.
The event will begin at the St. Henry American Legion at 7 p.m. with Squeeze Box taking the stage to play polkas, fox trots, big band and square dance music in four languages - English, Polish, German and Czech. There will be a $4 cover charge.
Rindler said there will be a large dance floor area, as he hopes some of the older residents can show the younger crowd how to dance to such traditional music.
Festival-goers also can fill up on authentic German food, which Rindler said will be provided by Legion members.
"If us locals can't think up how to cook German food, it's a problem," he said.
In addition to two German beers that will be on tap all evening, Rindler said the event will feature 48 other bottles of beer from around the world, including China, Japan, Jamaica and Mexico. There also will be domestic beer. All beer will be provided by Mercer Beverage Co., St. Henry.
"A lot of people don't know what kinds of products they serve," Rindler said, before pointing out the festival intends to promote the local company.
If the festival goes well, Rindler said he hopes to expand the German Bier Fest into a multi-day event in the future.
"It's just a good day for you to kick your heels up and try something different," he said.
Additional online stories for this date
Print edition only stories for this date
• Pickup crash kills former Celina man
• Duplicate grant awarded for park improvement project
• 'Dogs beat 'Riders at Fox's Den
• Minster opens with win over Greenville
a_d
Today
54°
Decreasing Clouds
8%
Tonight
35°
Clear
Tomorrow
58°
Mostly Sunny
Tomorrow Night
45°
Mostly Cloudy
17%
Friday
62°
Slight Chance Rain Showers
21%
Friday Night
47°
Mostly Cloudy
14%
Saturday
66°
Mostly Sunny
14%
Saturday Night
41°
Mostly Clear
Sunday
66°
Mostly Sunny
Sunday Night
49°
Mostly Clear
Monday
70°
Mostly Sunny
Monday Night
54°
Partly Cloudy
10%
3 Day
Extended
a_da_d
camera_logo Photo Albums
Saturday, October 18
index pict
video_logoOnline Video
Thursday, October 2
index pict
Accident at 127 and 119
Monday, September 29
index pict
Grand Lake Marathon