‘Everybody chips in’ for annual Heinrichsdorf FestJune 13, 2019
By RILEY GUERZINI
ST. HENRY — St. Henry’s annual Heinrichsdorf Fest returns for the 57th year this weekend, and members of the town’s community club are gearing up to make it the best one yet.
The small German town located in southern Dubois County has hosted the festival since 1962 as a fundraiser for community club.
“We have a lot of fun doing this,” said Bob Meyer, a member and former president of the St. Henry Community Club.
The fest is Friday and Saturday, and includes a tractor show, live entertainment, barbecue dinners, a cornhole tournament and a 4 mile run/walk.
It hosts more than 2,000 people annually, with more than 200 club members volunteering for setup and to work the event.
Meyer said Heinrichsdorf is primarily known for its barbecue chicken and pork chops.
“Our ancestors created a hell of a recipe,” he said.
Meyer has attended the festival since he was a kid, but got more involved in 1986. He has run the food line with his wife, Lois, since 1990.
Ed Meyer, president of the community club and nephew of Bob Meyer, said the festival is a big event for the community because it attracts people from surrounding areas, as well as those who have moved away from St. Henry.
“This is a time for all of them to come back and talk to everybody,” he said.
Ed echoed his uncle’s admiration of the food, but said his favorite part is the beer garden, a fenced-in area decorated with beer memorabilia, and alcohol provided by Hedinger Beverage in Jasper.
Ed, who has lived in St. Henry his entire life, said the club’s goal is to make Heinrichsdorf affordable, which is why admission is free.
The festival also includes activities for kids, such as a bounce house, ring toss and duck pond.
While there are no new events this year, the jeep/motorcycle poker run will return for the second year. Participants in the poker run stop at five different locations and receive a playing card. Those with the best poker hand at the end of the route win prizes. Registration starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, and the first run begins at noon.
Elliot Meyer, the son of Bob Meyer, said about 130 participants signed up for the event last year.
He said the festival is well received because it’s community-driven.
“It’s definitely a team effort,” he said. “Everybody chips in and helps out.”
Heinrichsdorf Fest schedule
5 p.m. D.J. entertainment
5:30 p.m. Beer garden/food stands
7 a.m. 4-mile walk/run
10:30 a.m. Jeep/motorcycle poker run
5:00 p.m. Beer garden/food stands
5:30 p.m. 5th Degree Burn band
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