While Ste. Genevieve is known to be historically French, with many events celebrating French heritage including Jour de Fête and La Guyanne, the town also has German heritage. To celebrate, a group of citizens have formed a committee dedicated to showcasing German heritage and are preparing to organize an Oktoberfest for the city.
On Saturday and Sunday, guests can visit vendors on Main and Merchant Streets, watch a parade of German vehicles and participate in German games. German groups from the region will play music and the public can take part in the German cooking competition if they are interested.
Saturday at 11 a.m., it’s the Volkswagen parade. The parade begins at the American Legion Hall at 2 Park Drive in Ste. Geneviève, and will move towards the city center. Cars participating in the parade may be displayed in the Lutheran Church parking lot after the parade is over. Programming starts at 10 a.m.
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Both days of the weekend are the German Cooking Competition, with the days split between the categories. All food must be prepared at home and brought to the finished competition, with an option for home kitchen entrees and commercial kitchen entrees.
Judges will rate the foods based on their appearance, texture, taste and authenticity, and prizes will be awarded to the top winner in each category.
Saturday categories include schnitzel and spaetzle, as well as sausage and sauerkraut. Sunday categories include bratwurst and one form of dessert, either German chocolate cake, Black Forest cake or strudel.
All participants must be registered by 11:30 a.m. on Saturday and the registration cost is $10 per category. Saturday winners will be announced on the Main Stage at 1:30 p.m., while Sunday winners will be announced at 1 p.m. on the Main Stage.
The festival will also feature a homebrew contest. All registrations must be made at home and brought completed and ready to enter.
Like the cooking contest, there are two categories for commercial kitchen entrees and home kitchen entrees, as well as judging for appearance, texture, taste, and authenticity.
Prizes are awarded to the top winner in each beer category, including Heifewisen, Dunkle, Pilsner, Kolsh and the open beer category in which each beer must be labeled as a specific type and will be judged against the standard. All registrations are $10 and must be registered by Sunday at 11 a.m.
Winners will be announced on the main stage at 1 p.m.
Sunday includes a sausage dog race, which is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. The cost to run a dog is $10 and dogs must be current on vaccinations by the first of the month.
When registering online, owners are requested to include the dog’s weight and upload proof of the dog’s vaccinations. Oktoberfest also requires that two people be on site per dog, one at the start of the race and one to catch up with the dog at the end. All participants must be registered by 11 a.m. on Sunday.
The festival will also feature German games including a mug holding contest, keg toss and a German spelling bee. All games are free and all participants must be registered by September 17 at 11:30 a.m. The beer mug holding contest will have an age group of 21-39 and an age group of 40 and more, as well as men and women. brackets.
Anyone interested in one of the events can register online on the site, oktoberfestmo.wordpress.com under the Event Log tab.
Other weekends include the tapping of the drums at 11:30 a.m. and the square cruise at 5:00 p.m., both on Saturdays.
The festival will celebrate German music with several German bands. The German band from Waterloo takes the main stage at 2 p.m. on Saturdays at 6 p.m., and on Sundays the German band Die Fluss Katzen takes the main stage at 10 a.m. while the Ste. Genevieve German Band performs at 1:30 p.m.
Danielle Thurman is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at [email protected] or 573-518-3616.