Wishek Community Events
One of the best things about living in a small town is that they really know how to come together as a community and celebrate. In Wishek we host a variety of events throughout the year, please feel free to join us, we would love to have you.
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by Francis Materi
It's almost time for some crazy eights as one of the area’s longest-running fall festivals returns for its 88th year on Oct. 9.
Wishek merchants invite everyone to attend the annual Sauerkraut Day celebration, with a traditional free meal of sauerkraut, wieners, mashed potatoes, “speck,” cheese, buns, coffee and pop set to be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wishek Civic Center.
Rod Burgad, Larry Wald and Lora Hochhalter will be emcees for the event. Door prize drawings are planned throughout the day.
Entertainment is due to include performances by the band and choir from Wishek Public School. The headline act for this year's afternoon program is the Bismarck-based Dakota Keys Accordion Club.
The Dakota Keys were organized a dozen years ago by two current members.
Featured in the band are eight accordion players, plus a "honky tonk" piano queen. The amazing musical repertoire includes waltzes, polkas and the popular two-step.
Performers are Bernie and Jan Stein, Vern Cermak, Jim and Emanuel Geiger, Bob Dolajek, Bill Mastel and Harvey Schilling on the accordions, with Diane Schilling accompanying them on the piano.
The group's primary emphasis is to preserve the "old time music of yesterday," as it was played at Germans from Russia social events, beginning in the 1920s.
Accordion is the instrument of choice, then and now, because it's easy to transport and can be used as a lead instrument or accompanied by other instruments, such as piano, guitar and percussion.
Each of the players has belonged — and some still do — to local dance bands. Together, they have more than 300 years of playing experience.
Harvey Schilling introduces the songs with local humor and history about the music. The Dakota Keys hope to bring back memories and create enjoyment for everyone who attends the program.
A dancing area will be provided, so be sure to bring your shoes.
Bingo, hosted by the the Wishek Association of Commerce, will be played at the Civic Center, beginning at 2:30 p.m. A $500 jackpot may be awarded.
First Baptist Church, located across the street from the Civic Center, has scheduled a pie social from 1:30 to 4:00 in the church basement.
In addition to the festivities at the Civic Center, a large craft show will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the National Guard Armory. To register a booth, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Kari at 452-6100.
The Association of Commerce has sponsored Sauerkraut Day since the 1920s as a thank-you to Wishek-area customers and patrons for their continuing support.
Financial backing and volunteer labor provided by local merchants has made the event possible for nearly nine decades.
Annual event put on by the Association of Commerce and includes a "Taste of Wishek" which is a German smorgusboard and you get to sample all original German Dishes. Then there's kid's games, Kuchen walk, dunk tank, minnow races, face painting, a kiddie parade, Stick horse auction where the stick horses are donated and decorated by local businesses and then "raced" by rolling die to see who finishes first. The winner gets to keep half of the total pot from the horse auction. There's also a street dance.
Serving McIntosh, Logan and Emmons Counties in southcentral North Dakota since 1926, our fair continues to provide quality family entertainment year in and year out. With a wide variety of events and entertainment, there is something for everyone to enjoy, including Wissota stock car races throughout the summer. We also offer ample space with electric hookups for a variety of outdoor camping and RV events. While you are here, you can enjoy a round of golf at our beautiful 9-hole golf course located right on the fairgrounds. Check our schedule for this year's events.
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FRIDAY (Sept. 27)
1-5 PM Horse Viewing at Wishek Livestock ($5.00 admission)
Located North and East of Wishek.
5:00 pm AUTHENTIC GERMAN Spper true to the area’s ethnic heritage.
Held at the historic Wishek Civic Center 719 1st Ave. S
$20 fee includes supper, fun & entertainment
Prepared by Baptist Church
SATURDAY (Sept. 28)
7 – 11:00 AM BREAKFAST – at Wishek High School Gym (sausage patties, ham, french toast. pancakes, eggs and omlettes)
Ticket prices $10/Adults and $5/Children 8 and under
Wishek Community Hospital and Clinics
7:30 AM WILD HORSE 5K RUN AND WALK (Reg 7:30 - W/R 8PM)
(50% goes to Wild Horse DNA Fund)
11:00 AM WILD HORSE AUCTION at Wishek Livestock ($10 admission)
Or attend live video Wishek Civic Center
(video feed by BEK)
Price at civic center is $10 (offsite bids accepted)
Lunch and Beverages sold by WHS band and choir
7:00 PM INFORMATIONAL SEMINAR at the Civic Center.
Marylu Weber, representing the North Dakota Badlands Horse Registry
Maggie Bauer, coordinator of the Wild Horse Research Project at Colorado State University in Fort Collins
Dan Sparling, who purchased "Bashful" at the last Theodore Roosevelt National Park horse auction, held in 2009 at Dickinson
Deb Fjetland, from the Horse Registry, and Eileen Norton, representing Wild in North Dakota, also will be available for a "meet-and-greet."
8:00 – Midnite RADIO STARS BAND -- featuring Wishek's native son-in-law, Merrill Piepkorn — married to the former Connie Meidinger — takes the Civic Center stage, sponsored by the McIntosh County Farm Bureau.
Dance admission for those who did not attend the supper is $10.00
BLONDIES LOUNGE will provide a cash bar at the Civic Center.
9:00 pm STICK HORSE AUCTION (50% of proceeds go to Wild Horse DNA Fund)
Bids for a silent auction, with items donated from throughout the world, will be accepted throughout the evening. In addition, cash and prizes will be given away at the Farm Bureau booth.
Following the horse sale at 11 a.m., visitors are invited to dine at local restaurants. Among the many culinary attractions is a nacho special at Big Screen Bar and Grill, 12 N. 5th St.
Saturday evening, disc jockey Chris Gross provides music and entertainment at the Lariat Lounge on the east end of Beaver Ave. There's no cover charge.
For more information, call sale managers Clyde and Anna Meidinger, 452-2669; Denise Morman, Wishek Livestock, 452-2100; or Lora Hochhalter, Association of Commerce, 452-0117.