By Joshua Winata

The Cove Herald

Under the close supervision of city and county law enforcement, a secret hidden deep within the vaults of The National Bank of Copperas Cove was released from its prison to two women dressed in traditional German garb.

It was a strange yet festive sight that carried with it the gravity of decades of historical significance and heralded a Copperas Cove tradition: Sausage Fest.

Officer Brandon Caufield of the Copperas Cove Police Department joined Coryell County Sheriff Johnny Burk and Lt. Butch Ronne on Friday in presenting the Mickan family secret sausage recipe to Trinity Lutheran Church members Linda Schoonover and Nancy Jacob, who were decked out in German dresses.

Usually locked safely in a safety deposit box in The National Bank, the closely guarded recipe received an elaborate reception in preparation for the Sausage Fest held on Nov. 3 at Trinity Lutheran Church of Copperas Cove.

The Sausage Fest began at the turn of the century as a way for local farmers and ranchers to celebrate the end of the harvest and enjoy cooler weather. Some of the earliest settlers, including the Mickans, Teinerts, Ledgers and Rhodes, were instrumental in keeping the tradition alive.

In 1952, soldiers and officers from from Fort Hood were invited to attend the feast, and the festival soon became and annual event.

“It’s one time of the year that we can celebrate all the good things that happened in Copperas Cove and the surrounding community,” said Al Schoonover, Sausage Fest chairman.

People come from all over the state to try the famous homemade sausages made using time-honored recipes and techniques. Last year, the Sausage Fest fed about 1,800 people.

“This is the best sausage in central Texas, believe me,” said Janine Aman, Sausage Fest publicity chair.

Sausage lovers can take their meat to go or can dine in at the church and enjoy a live band featuring country and German folk music.

Law enforcement, fire department and emergency medical services personnel eat free.

The money raised from the sausage sales are used to support local, state, national and world missions and anything that “spreads goodwill and the word of God,” Schoonover said. “All monies are plowed back into the community and activities that we support.”

Contact Joshua Winata at or call (254) 547-6481

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