The St. Joseph Sausage Festival and Funfest will be held Slaton next month on October 19 & 20.

On Sunday, October 20, dinner will be served at Saint Joseph Hall - 21st and Division (FM 41) Streets in Slaton - from 11a-3p. According to St. Joseph, the menu will consist of German sausage, grilled chicken, homemade German potato salad, green beans, and home-made cakes and bread.

Saint Joseph's German Sausage Festival began in 1969 with a 200-year-old recipe from Austria belonging to Marie Bednarz. The recipe was multiplied for the Slaton version. The first year, 524 pounds of sausage were made. This year, 8,000 pounds will be produced. Some of the batches of sausage are given an "extra kick". Jalapeños are added to 2,200 pounds and habañero peppers will be added to 800 lbs. Preparation starts months in advance. During Sausage week, church members, school parents and friends gather to make 600 pounds of German potato salad and 150 loaves of homemade bread, and Saint Joseph Ladies Quilters make quilts. The Festival helps to support Saint Joseph Catholic School.

St. Joseph Catholic Church

Adult plates are $9.00 and children's plates are $6.00. Take-out plates will be available at the south side of the hall. Sausage (uncooked and vacuum sealed) will be also sold by the pound at Saint Joseph Hall on Saturday, October 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Regular Sausage, $4.75/lb.; Jalapeño Sausage, $5.50/lb.; and, Habañero Sausage, $6.25/lb. Cash and checks are preferred and credit cards accepted as well.

Funfest, Sunday, October 20th, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., next to the Hall, the Fun Fest will be celebrated at Saint Joseph School. The Funfest includes silent and live auctions, bingo, games, music, food, quilting show, rock wall and spider climb, country store, a mini-bazaar, and raffles for quilts and a cedar chest.

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