Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

In typical Fasching Fashion


Despite Sunday's windy and wet weather, the second annual Fasching celebration had much to offer.

"There were a few things that came up as we were setting up this year," Minden Main Street Director Pattie Odom said. "But despite everything, this festival was a success."

A carnival, which was scheduled to be set up Friday evening, was canceled after carnival owner, Randy Johnson, passed away.

"This was sudden, he was down here last week all excited about the festival," Odom said. "They had already brought the rides into Minden.

"Since this is a family business, they, understandably, just could not set up for us. They are really nice folks and Randy was a character who will be missed."

The weather also played a part in low turn out on Sunday.

"We had vendors leave their tables and tents set up from Saturday," Odom said. "On Sunday, they were down and had blown away, so we knew we had to move everything indoors to the civic center."

Odom said many were able to enjoy the petting zoo, Santa, clowns, balloon animals, inflatable jumpers and a beer garden, which were on Main Street Saturday.

"I had calls from all over the state and Texas from people who planned on driving here for this," she continued. "Fasching is special to Minden, and it is wonderful that we have such a unique festival in our own backyard."

November 11 marks the official beginning of the Fasching Fifth Season (Mardi Gras) where, in German tradition, the King and Queen of Fasching are given the keys to the city to reign over festivities until midnight on Fat Tuesday, February 21.

Mayor Bill Robertson presented the keys to this year's Krewe des Ambassadeur Royalty, King Shelby Duay and Queen Kathy Camp during the Fasching Brunch.






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