From Elberta German Sausage Festival Website:Join us at the German Sausage Festival for Elberta's famous German sausage & sauerkraut, plus continuous entertainment for adults and children, and 250 arts & crafts booths. Other scrumptious foods will include German style filled cabbage, potato salad, goulash, red beans & rice, hamburgers, hot dogs, BBQ sandwiches, ice cream, popcorn and peanuts. There will be baked goods as well as arts & crafts for sale at the festival. The Bellview Stumpfiddle Band will perform with the North End Stompers, and cloggers, carnival rides and polka, country and German music will also be provided for entertainment.
The sausage festival is a town fund-raiser, spearheaded by Elberta's Volunteer Fire Department in 1978, whose proceeds are used for improving not only the fire department, but the town as well. Additionally, local non-profit organizations also benefit from the festival through proceeds from their booth sales and parking lot fees. Due to its huge success, the festival is now held twice a year on the last Saturday of March and October.
Although the recipe has changed somewhat over the years, the original secret recipe for Elberta's famous sausage is credited to Alfred Stucki who managed Elberta's Locker Plant from 1953 until his death in 1973.
We usually sell about 7,000 pounds of German Sausage each festival, and attract an estimated 30,000 visitors to each fest! All booth spaces are 10'x10'. Regular spaces are $70 each, and spaces requiring electrical are $75. If you want to purchase multiple spaces, it is advised that you send in your application early..don't wait until the last minute! The later it gets, the harder it is to group multiple spaces together. Vendors may start setting up their booths the day before the festival. No security is provided, so setup your merchandise the day before at your own risk!