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What is it about sauerkraut, muscle cars and Providence? Find out Oct. 24

September 24th, 2009 Posted in Arts and Life

By Cecily Kiss

PROVIDENCE =- Fans of muscle cars and sauerkraut will come together Oct. 24 for the city’s annual sauerkraut dinner and bazaar. and second annual car show. The car show, dinner and bazaar will be held at Springcreek Middle School, 350 W. 100 North in Providence. The car show starts at noon and ends at 5 p.m. Dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. and craft booths will be open until 8 p.m.

According to coordinator Terri Wennergren the annual sauerkraut dinner started when German and Swiss immigrants settled in Providence in 1859 and held an annual old folks party with a sauerkraut theme. Originally the dinner was held in the basement of the old pavilion where the city office is now located. In the 1920s two LDS wards started holding an extensive bazaar in addition to the sauerkraut dinner to raise money and eventually the city had to take over because it got too big.

In the last couple of years over 600 people have participated in the event. Even Councilman Ron Liechty, who is currently a candidate for Providence mayor, gets involved. The car show, which was introduced last year, was his brain child so that he could show off his 1966 Pontiac GTO. Craft booths and balloon animals were also reintroduced in the last few years, Wennergren said. “We wanted to get back to how it was originally done, we’re going to have over 20 booths this year.”

The festivities include a sauerkraut contest in which contestants enter a recipe for homemade sauerkraut or a dish using sauerkraut which will be taste tested by a panel of judges and awarded prizes. There will be drawings for gift certificates from Iron Gate Grill, which is catering the event, and a silent auction for a piano. The 20 plus craft booths will be selling various arts and crafts that people from the community have made. Balloon animals will be available for children and free games will be set up and sponsored by the youth council.

“The event is very family friendly,” Wennergren said.

Tickets are being sold in advance at the city office until Oct. 22. Traditional turkey dinner meals include turkey, sauerkraut, stuffing, potatoes and gravy, carrots, salad, and dessert, and tickets cost $8.50 in advance or $9.50 at the door. A hot dog dinner including a hot dog with sauerkraut, salad, chips, and dessert will also be served and tickets cost $3.50 in advance or $4 at the door. The event’s sponsors include Macey’s, Iron Gate Grill, USU Charter Credit Union, Zion’s Bank, Edwards Furniture, Bank of Utah, and Rocky Mountain Power.

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