By Don Bolding
Killeen Daily Herald
Workers at Trinity Lutheran Church's 36th annual German Sausagefest Saturday sold about 1,700 adult tickets for dinner plates and "sold out of everything," event chairman Mike Kriegel reported Saturday evening.
By about 2:30 p.m. Saturday, workers had run out of bulk smoked sausage sold by the pound, and leaders were hoping they would have enough food left for plates until the scheduled end of the event at 4 p.m.
"It was a great day," Kriegel said. "Everything went wonderfully."
The 2,100 pounds of bulk sausage went at $5.50 a pound. About 1,000 pounds were reserved for grilling for plate lunches with sauerkraut, potatoes, green beans and other trimmings.
Following tradition, firefighters and police officers were invited to eat free of charge.
Saturday's turnout was boosted by warm, sunny weather as people stood in an about 50-yard long line from the ticket booth to the serving tent. There partons could also buy baked goods and bid in a silent auction for a chance to win a quilt or merchandise baskets from the Lutheran Women's Missionary League.
A band led by Henry Jost alternated between German airs and good old southern country & western tunes.
Talking with Kriegel during a break, Jost said, "Our families go way back here. We were popular because we were the only ones who made sausage." He and Kriegel joked about making off with some of their daddies' sausage to cook and eat on raccoon hunts in the middle of the night.
Church member Rebecca Messner said the sausage is made without additives or fillers from a secret recipe brought from Germany in 1854.
A flier said the recipe has been "perfected and improved by the Mickan family of Copperas Cove.
"Alfred "Papa'"Mickan modified the original recipe brought to this country by his grandfather, achieving a mild sort of sausage that goes well with everything and that everyone seems to enjoy."
Beneficiaries this year include church missions, the United Way, the Geography Club at Copperas Cove High School, the church's building fund, and men's and ladies' clubs.
Pastor Bernie Schey said the allocations were set before the shootings at Fort Hood Thursday, though, and the church may use part of the money to address needs arising from that incident.
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