Emilie Conlon, Editor-in-Chief
The village of Plain was approved last week for $500 in grant funds from Sauk County, which will be used toward the cost of Strassenfest, the annual event planned for Oct. 2 this year.
Village President Ray Ring said the grant will help to offset some of the costs associated with the festival, as the village is working towards returning to its original Bavarian roots with traditional events.
“The Village of Plain is actively pursuing re-establishing some of the traditions, aesthetics and charm of its Bavarian roots, thus as part holding Strassenfest. Strassenfest (Bavarian meaning Street Festival) is a family focused event held annually in October,” said Ring.
The event is set to have both traditional American and Bavarian food and beverages, traditional cultural clothing and displays, a silent auction with prizes donated by local businesses and a scavenger hunt.
“This event provides an opportunity for people coming from outside the area to experience the charm of our Village as a place to relax, enjoy the beauty of country surroundings, escape the hustle and bustle of the city while still being close enough to travel there to work or personal needs and desires,” said Ring. “It’s also an opportunity for local businesses to set up booths and display their goods and services.”
The grant funds were approved at the Jan. 6 Extension, Education Arts and Culture Committee meeting. The Good Idea Grants through the county are funds designed to encourage creativity and historic preservation throughout the county. Up to $500 is given in grant funds.
“I’m pleased to see Sauk County’s smaller communities participate in the county’s arts, humanities and historic preservation grants,” said Sauk County Supervisor Bryant Hazard, of Baraboo. Hazard is the Chairman for the Extension, Education, Arts and Culture Committee.