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Algona Nativity opens Sunday

December 1, 2007
Messenger News
ALGONA — The Algona Nativity Scene will open for its 63rd Christmas season Sunday at the Kossuth County Fairgrounds in Algona.

The handcrafted display will be open daily through Dec. 31. It will be available for viewing from noon to 9 p.m. on Sundays and Christmas, 2 to 9 p.m. on weekdays and Saturdays, and noon to 6 p.m. on Dec. 31. Admission is free.

The Nativity scene was created by prisoners of war kept at Camp Algona during World War II. The designer and originator of the scene was Eduard Kaib, an architect by profession and a non-commissioned officer of the German Army. Kaib and five other prisoners built the scene, paying for the materials themselves.

The scene is half life-size and comprised of 60 figures built of concrete on a wire frame and finished in molding plaster. The Men’s Club of Algona First United Methodist Church has maintained the property and manned the building during viewing hours since 1958.



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