Highland's 43rd annual Kirchenfest: Two days of fun, with a German accent

August 21, 2013 

The 43rd annual Kirchenfest at St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland offers two full days chock-full of music, games and food -- all with a German accent.

On Saturday, get off to a good start with the hearty Bavarian Skillet Breakfast from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Or, if you need to work up an appetite first, join in the Stausenlauf 5K Run Walk at 8 or the 2K at 9.

The big Kirchenfest auction is from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the North Tent. There's also a flea market from 9 to 6, Masses at 4 and 5:30 p.m. in the church and bingo from 5:30 to 11:30.

Entertainment in two tents includes Sh-Boom from 3:30 to 7:30; The dave Frisse Band from 4:30 to 7:30; Well Hungarians from 7:30 to midnight; and The Fabulous Motown Revue from 8 to midnight.

On Sunday, the KirchenRide, a bycycle ride of 50 or 15 miles, gets underway at 8 (registration at 7); and a chicken dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the air-conditioned parish hall. An outdoor polka Mass with The Good Times Band is at 10 a.m. in the South Tent. Bingo is from 1:30 to 10 p.m.

Sunday entertainment includes The Good Times Band from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; The Jorells from 1 to 5 p.m.; The Dixie Jazz Kings strolling the grounds from 3 to 7 p.m.; Odd Man Out from 2 to 5; Smash Band from 6 to 9:30; and Buffalo Road from 6 to 9.

For kids, there are lots of games from a fish pond to Frogger, where they are bound to win prizes. And, for those with energy to burn, there will be inflatable slides and bouncy rooms.

And don't forget the raffles. You could win a 2013 Chevrolet Cruze LS, a vacation, a handmade quit or a live steer or hog.

Kirchenfest schedule


7:30-10 a.m. Bavarian Skillet Breakfast

8-9 a.m. Strassenlauf 5K Run/Walk

9-10 a.m. Strassenlauf 2K Run/Walk

9 a.m.-6 p.m. Flea market

4-8 p.m. Dixie Jazz Kings strolling grounds

4 and 5:30 p.m. Mass in church

5:30-11:30 p.m. Bingo

6-9:30 p.m. Juggling by Jeff Koziatek strolling the grounds

North Tent

9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Kirchenfest Auction

4:30-7:30 p.m. The Dave Frisse Band

7:30-midnight Well Hungarians

South Tent

Noon-12:45 p.m. Dance House

1-1:45 p.m. St. Paul School Viking Band and Viking Choir

1:45-2:30 p.m. Newlywed Game

2-3:30 p.m. Kirchen Characters, Highland High School Junior Varsity Dance and Cheer Team

3:30-7:30 Music by Sh-Boom

8-midnight The Fabulous Motown Revue


7-8 a.m. KirchenRide registration

7:30 a.m. Mass in church

8-11 a.m. KirchenRide (50- and 15-mile rides)

11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Chicken dinner, parish center

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Flea Market, Jass Tournament

1:30-10 p.m. Bingo

3-7 p.m. Dixie Jazz Kings strolling the grounds

10-10:30 p.m. Raffle drawing

North Tent

Noon-1 p.m. Kirchen Characters with the Highland High School Junior Varsity Dance Team and Cheerleaders

1-5 p.m. Music by The Jorells

5-6 p.m. Kirchen Characters with the Highland High Varsity Dance Team and Cheerleaders

6-9:30 p.m Smash Band

South Tent

10-11 a.m. Outdoor Polka Mass with The Good Times Band

11 a.m.-1 p.m. The Good Times Band (polka)

1-1:45 p.m. Jane Manion School of Dance

2-5 p.m. Odd Man Out

6-9 p.m. Music by Buffalo Road

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