The Fasching Fifth Season Celebration is just around the corner, and the festival needs the help of local chefs to make it a success.
"We really want people to get involved and make this a great festival for the community," said Pattie Odom, director of Minden Main Street and Downtown Development. "People can participate by signing up for a food booth to be set up in historic downtown Minden on November 12. These food booths will give festival-goers something to eat while enjoying the other activities we will have available."
According to Odom, booth space is free but limited. The booths can be set up as a fund-raising event, but only German foods are allowed.
"We want this to reflect the theme of the festival," Odom said. "Sign up as early as possible so we know what to expect. Prizes will be awarded for the best of show."
Ideas for German food include Bratwurst and Sauerkraut, Streusel, Fasching Pastry, Schnitzel, German Chocolate Cake, Funnel cakes, Roast Beef on a Weck, Berliners and German Smoked sausage.
"Fasching" or the "Fifth Season" is the German equivalent of Mardi Gras. The Fifth Season officially begins each year in the eleventh month, on the eleventh day, at 11:11 a.m. at a ceremony where the Mayor hands over the keys to the city to the King and Queen of Karneval. They will preside over the festivities for the Fifth Season, which ends on Ash Wednesday.
When the Fasching festivities begin in Minden, the city will turn on all the Christmas lights and displays. On November 12, downtown Minden will be alive with great music, food, arts, crafts, and family fun activities and a special appearance by Santa Klaus.
Bus tours will be offered to the Minden Cemetary Ghost Walk and Germantown Colony Museum. The November festival and celebration will conclude with fireworks in downtown Minden.
For more information, visit www.mindenfasching.com.