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Holy Schnitzel! Incarnation Lutheran Church Celebrates 6th Annual Oktoberfest

Incarnation Lutheran Church celebrates its German heritage with Oktoberfest Columbia, three days of fun, food and entertainment for the whole family. The gray stone church with the red doors at 3005 Devine Street invites one and all to this event on Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15, 11 a.m.—10 p.m., and Sunday, October 16, 12 noon—8:00 p.m. Admission is free for “sinners.” We’re open later on Sunday this year.

A full authentic German menu will be offered, which includes Weiner schnitzel, Jaeger schnitzel, and bratwurst, with sides of spaetzle, sauerkraut, or bratkartoffeln (fried potatoes with bacon and onion). Lighter options include schnitzel and bratwurst sandwiches and hot dogs for the kids. For your sweet tooth, stop by the Bakery for a spicy pfeffernusse cookie or a piece of German apple cake. German beer on tap includes Brewery 85 Leon Lederhosen Oktoberfest, Hoegaarden, Conquest Berliner Weisse, and more.

“This is a true Lutheran labor of love!” says festival co-director Mary Karl Kinard Boepple. “The entire congregation gets involved in every aspect of this community outreach ministry. And we are thrilled that our numbers are growing each year, which means even more support to Lutheran Services Carolinas.”

Entertainment includes Die Lustigen Musikanten (The Happy Musicians) and the popular German Connection Band. This year, we’re excited to partner with Beer & Hymns on Sunday night. Bring the kids for exciting new games, face painting, and a huge playground…and watch for special appearances by Martin and Katie Luther!

“We’re so excited to welcome the Columbia community back this year for three great days of fun and fellowship,” said the Rev. Dr. Mary Anderson, senior pastor. “After the Great Flood last year, we were proud to be able to flood the city with cheer at Oktoberfest! We look forward to seeing everyone again this year!”

Proceeds from this event will benefit Harvest Hope Food Bank and Lutheran Services Carolinas.

For more information, see oktoberfestcolumbia.com, check out our Facebook page or Twitter feed, or contact Sarah Sawicki, 803-256-2381 or sarahsawicki@gmail.com.

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