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Fall Festival volunteers keep tradition going for decades

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It takes over 500 chickens to feed the nearly 2,500 strong crowd that comes each year to get their fill and support the church. It takes over 500 chickens to feed the nearly 2,500 strong crowd that comes each year to get their fill and support the church.

The Fall Festival is one of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church's largest fundraisers. It takes over 500 chickens to feed the nearly 2,500 strong crowd that comes each year to get their fill and support the church.

"It helps support our school and our parish overall," said Kay Herman, 72, who has been volunteering for the festival around 50 years now. "We're on a capital campaign now to add on to our school so the money will help towards that also."

On average, the day rakes in around $30,000 between the meals plus raffles and the country store — things that would not be possible without the volunteers, many of whom have been helping out for decades.

"We were always taught we had to work here when we first started," said Rose Schroeder, 74, a Fall Festival volunteer of 40 years. "We had to, so we just enjoyed it. Everybody works together, that's the big thing." 

According to Ed Alt, 89, a 60-year volunteer who gets up to go to the Knights of Columbus at 5:30 am to fry the chicken each year, the work is worth it if it helps the church.

"They asked me and I didn't turn them down," said Alt. "I just kept going from one year to another then. So, it's something I can do and anything to do to help the church, well I suppose to do that."

While the volunteers enjoy helping out, they are looking towards more of the younger church members to get involved.

"We've had a lot of us that have been here, you know, 30 years or more and we're really trying to recruit the younger people in the parish too because some of us aren't going to be around all these many more years," said Herman. "Hopefully we're here for a few more, but you never know."

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