The 25th annual German heritage festival kicks off

The German Heritage Festival returned today after being canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

You could not have asked for a better day to return to the 25th annual German Heritage Festival in St. Nick’s Grove.

Music filled the air as people enjoyed German food, drink and activities.

An organizer told us that she was so excited to see people come out and celebrate German heritage.

This year’s festival celebrated 25 years of German heritage.

“Who would have thought when it started. It was my mom who had this idea, and it started as a small idea and grew up. So to have it for 25 years is amazing,” said Melissa Lesniewski, Co-Chair of the German Heritage Festival Association.

After the pandemic canceled the festival in 2020, the association had vendors ready when they got the green light to have it in 2021.

“It was weird because for the last 24 years I was there and it felt like we were missing something. So when we knew we could hold it this year it was like a jump oh my god yeah we can do it, ”Lesniewski said.

A vendor returned for the seventh year and was delighted to celebrate the return of the German Heritage Festival.

“Being a salesperson here is quite a fun time. We’ve been here every year since the past I don’t know, five, six or seven and we just love going out and we haven’t had it last year and we look forward to doing it again this year, ”said Chris Allen, Erie Beer Company.

For Saturday September 4, the festival will run until 8 p.m. and will resume on September 5 at 11 a.m.