The German Heritage Festival committee would like to thank everyone who helped to make the first German Heritage Festival an amazing success. Approximately 1,000 people of all ages gathered at Lions Park in Elk River to enjoy a wide variety of exciting German music performed by Command Performance, the Bavarian Musikmeisters and Northstar Boys Choir. The Elk River Lions and MCCoys served great German food and beer while children enjoyed costumed characters and fairytales by Youth Theatre Workshop in the castle tent. All ages had fun trying their skill at the carnival games sponsored by Abba Roofing and Windows, Coldwell Banker Vision, Thrivent Financial and Guardian Angels.
We greatly appreciate the support of the Central Minnesota Arts Board, the Minnesota Stage Legislature as well as all of the individuals and businesses who helped to make this idea a reality. — Eileen Anderson, Elk River (Editor’s note: Anderson wrote this on behalf of herself and the rest of the Elk River German Heritage Festival Committee Members Brian Budahn, Harold Gramstad, Jennifer Mueller and Deborah Weston.)