While November may seem a long way off for some, for one local committee it's close enough to start working out plans for the Second Annual Fasching Festival.
"We are very excited about this year's festival," said Elaine Eaton, entertainment chairperson for the Fasching Committee. "We will have something for everyone. There will be bands throughout the day culminating with our headlining act, Brave Combo. This band is an eclectic mix of musical styles and will play music to please every ear.
"There will be clowns and face-painters to entertain the young and the young-at-heart. We hope everyone will mark their calendars for this exciting and entertaining event celebrating our German heritage."
Brave Combo, a Denton, Texas-based quintet, has performed their unique style of music for more than 30 years. Their eclectic mix includes styling's of salsa, meringue, rock, cumbia, conjunto, polka, zydeco, classical, cha cha, the blues and more. The band has won two Grammy Awards and been nominated for their work seven times.
"It's hard to describe their music," said Kerry Easley, committee member. "It's definitely got Polka roots, which goes back to our German heritage, but it has a modern twist that will appeal to people of all generations and music tastes."
Fasching was started in Minden last year as a way to combine Mardi Gras and Minden's German Heritage. Fasching is the German equivalent of Mardi Gras, but it lasts much longer.
The celebration kicks off on November 11, at 11:11 a.m. and lasts until Ash Wednesday. Like last year, this year's festival is planning a full day of festivities, culminating with a parade. The planning committee is still working on all of the details.