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[October 20, 2007]  Bratwurst, Alley Kats, Market Strasse, Greater Gifts -- what do these have in common? All are elements of the Germanfest celebration next Saturday, Oct. 20, at the corner of Eighth and Maple in Lincoln. St. John United Church of Christ sponsors the annual event.

Brats are the centerpiece of the German meal that anchors the event. German potato salad, sauerkraut, red cabbage, applesauce, and choice of apple strudel, German chocolate cake or angel food cake complete the menu. Drinks include apple cider, lemonade, tea and coffee. Serving times are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Alley Kats Band plays that great oom-pah-pah music from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Polka is the specialty, but the repertoire is varied. The band, entertaining at Germanfest for the third year, is under the direction of electronic accordion player Terry J. Dutko of Granite City, who organized the group over 20 years ago. Tom Roussin at sax, clarinet, flute and piccolo as well as vocals has been with the dance band around 18 years; he hails from St. Louis. Drummer Stan Soboleski of Fenton, Mo., joined over a decade ago. And Dan Franke of Belleville and Dallas Blair of Clayton, Mo., completed the current lineup about five years ago. Franke is featured at guitar and Blair on the trumpet; both also contribute vocals.

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Market Strasse refers to the craft show in the church fellowship hall. Both handmade articles and items from home show vendors will be for sale.

In addition, craft items are also available from Greater Gifts, a division of Third World Crafts. Purchases benefit artisans in developing countries.

Cost of the meal is $7. Children under 6 eat free. Tickets are available at the church office or at the door. With six or more prepaid tickets, free delivery in town is available. Drive-through carryout is also provided.

Proceeds from this year's Germanfest go to Mom and Me Camp, Back Bay Mission, SHARE (Share Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support Inc.) and Church World Service Disaster Relief Fund.

[Text from file received from Lynn Spellman]

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