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FD dishes up sauerbraten and good cheer

October 3, 2010
By HANS MADSEN, Messenger staff writer

Just because the leaves on some of the trees are still green, and only a portion of the harvest is in, does not mean that a fall harvest festival can't be held to celebrate the end of summer.

It is, after all, October.

Or in proper German: Oktober.

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Marita Lodden, of Humboldt, was one of those attending the second annual Shellabration Inc. Oktoberfest Saturday in Oleson Park by the Bandshell.

Lodden, who came to the U.S. at "the tender age of 28," did so from Germany.

"I love the music," she said. "Plus the idea a lot of people dress up in traditional costume."

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-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen
Steve Fritsche, left, dressed in authentic German gear, and Marita Lodden, of Humboldt, who actually is German, toast the crowd Saturday afternoon at the second annual Shellabration Oktoberfest in Oleson Park as Malek’s Fishermen Band help them along.

That included Lodden. She wore a Dirndl dress in the traditional colors of the Hessen region where she is from. She said that each region has its own color scheme for the traditional costume.

She commented on something not so traditional, but still appreciated.

"I love the idea of the little plastic steins," she said, holding up her commemorative cup.

She was still working on her appetite, something she said is best done with a few beers. She had plans to try the sauerbraten later, a traditional German beef dish.

Jim Reed, president of Shellabration Inc. and organizer of the event, was happy with the day's turnout, weather and being able to offer the public an expanded offering of food.

He said the festival partnered with Willow Ridge, Hy-Vee, Tea Tyme at Sadies, and Domino's Pizza to provide a variety of food, including sauerbraten, pretzels, bratwurst and, from Domino's, "a special cut sausage and sauerkraut pizza."

"It's all about capturing the atmosphere," he said.

For fans of the traditional polkas, Reed said that not only did they offer two bands, they also began playing earlier.

The weather also allowed the main tent to have one side open toward the bandshell.

"We wanted to show off the beautiful vista," he said.

Dan and Roxie Flattery, of Fort Dodge, came to the celebration to enjoy some family time on a nice warm afternoon although "being married to a German" might have had a bit of an influence on him.

The event continued into the evening, with the Vic Ferrari Band entertaining the crowd.

For those who just could not live without seeing their Hawkeyes and Cyclones play, TV sets were set up to allow the watching of - yes - both games.

Contact Hans Madsen at (515) 573-2141 or



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