February 6, 2016

St. Catherine Church German Mardi Gras

Ellis County Fairgrounds -1343 Fairground Rd, Hays 5 -11 pm

785-625 5478      

A German style Mardi Gras that serves as a fundraiser for the church.  This unique celebration blends the traditional Ellis County German style festival, polka dancing, food and raffle with the New Orleans flair of gold and green decorations, costumes, beads, masks and streamers. 

Social Hour from 5-6 pm, Dinner 6-7 pm, Dance 7-11 pm.

Call 785-650-1746 for more information.

Email: stonehill@ruraltel.net




February 7,  2016

Sunflower Chapter of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia Fasenacht

Munjor Parish Hall – 11:30 am-3 pm – 785-626-0329

Check our website for current programs.  http://www.sunflowerchapterofahsgr.net/

Celebrate the German version of Mardi Gras and enjoy the traditional “Feast before the Fast”.

Annual gathering and meeting held prior to Ash Wednesday.  Social hour, refreshments, food, music and a special program.

Email: krupp@ruraltel.net   

March 1, 2016

St. Francis of Assisi Annual Parish Supper
Munjor Grade School
– 4-7 pm - 785-628-1970


This is a traditional Ellis County style of German roast beef dinner that also includes stewed chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, gravy, coleslaw, rolls, dessert and drink. Raffle & Country Store.  785-625-5314 or 785-628-1970

Email: office@stfrancis-church.com

April 17, 2016

Sunflower Chapter of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia

Spring Meeting

Munjor Parish Hall - 11:30 am-3 pm – 785-626-0329

Check our website for current programs www.sunflowerchapterofahsgr.net/

Find out about your Volga German heritage in songs, foods and genealogy.  Chapter library is open the duration of the meeting.  Meeting begins at 1:00 with a program to be announced to follow.

Email: krupp@ruraltel.net


April 24, 2016


Basilica of St. Fidelis - 900 Cathedral Ave - Victoria - 785-735-2777

Location is north of the Parish Office


The Sunday before Memorial Day in Victoria is a community celebration at the Basilica of St. Fidelis Church fundraiser! The morning begins with visits to the local cemeteries followed by Mass at St. Fidelis Church. After Mass, the festivities begin with a German wedding style dinner served until 2 pm. The Country Store features homemade baked items and a gift shop includes religious articles, rosaries, notecards, and manay other items. Throughout the day are free kid's games, musical entertainment, a beer garden, hamburger and braut stand, a drawing with BIG CASH prizes and an auction of 200-300 new items donated by businesses and parishioners. Proceeds are used to maintain the church, which is one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas.

Email: fidelis@ruraltel.net


August 13,  2016

Sunflower Chapter of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia  

Summer Picnic

Munjor Parish Hall – 11:30 am-3 pm – 785-625-6638 – Check our website for current programs http://www.sunflowerchapterofahsgr.net/

Social hour, refreshments and a special program. 

Email: krupp@ruraltel.net  


August 5 & 6, 2016


Honey Braun Park -Victoria -785-735-4851 –  www.herzogfest.com/

Celebrate the German heritage of this Volga German community with polka music, concerts, parade, talent show, free swimming, food booths, kids pedal pull and fireworks show.  Event features free entertainment on Friday and Saturday night with national recording artists and local bands. Saturday includes a 5K Run/Walk, parade, traditional German Welcome, horseshoe tournament, bingo, pinochle, beer and food booths, polka music, German singers, talent show and fireworks. Various vendors will be set up and food booths will have a variety of local favorites including dumplings, brauts, beirocks, galushkies and green bean dumpling soup. Saturday afternoon Polka Mass at 4 pm is a traditional Catholic service with polka music and German singers. FREE - All are invited to attend.

Email: info@herzogfest.com



September 11, 2016

German Feast

St. Anthony Community Center209 Front St. - Schoenchen - 4-7 pm

785-628-3968   www.volgagerman.net/Schoenchen.htm

Enjoy a traditional Ellis County style German meal while you listen to old time German music including polkas and waltzes.   German buffet includes green bean dumpling soup, sauerkraut soup, German sausage, ham and beans, noodles, homemade bread, pies, kuchen and other desserts.  Handmade items, raffle and prizes.

Email: sauerkraut@ruraltel.net



September 17-18, 2016

Annual Midwest Deutsche Oktoberfest

Rose Garden Banquet Hall - 785-625-9508

Leo Dorzweiler - 785-623-6747

Saturday, Sept 26th ~ 2pm - 10pm

Sunday Sept 27th ~ 10:30am - 6pm

Polka Mass Sunday at 10:30am with Father Earl & the Catherin & Victoria Choir

Both days featuring BBQ menu items & German cuisine (please, no outside food or drinks)

Polka Bands Include: Karl Meis, The Hot Shots, The Wes Windholz Band, John Stehle & The Alpine Polka Dots


Saturday & Sunday ~ $15.00

Saturday only ~$10.00

Sunday only ~ $7.00

Children under 16 FREE





September 11, 2016                                     

German Feast

Eagles Lodge – 121 E. 8th – 10:30 am-3 pm - 785-628-8647 – German dinner featuring cabbage rolls, potatoes and dumplings with beans.  Hot chicken sandwich and baked goods available.


September 17 & 18, 2016

Midwest Deutschefest in Memory of Harold Dorzweiler

Rose Garden Banquet Hall, 2350 E. 8th St - 785-625-9508

German food, bierocks, bratwurst and BBQ served Sat. with a traditional Ellis County German wedding dinner served on Sunday.  Beer garden and set ups for purchase.  All are welcome!


September 30, 2016

Volga German Society Oktoberfest 

Frontier Park – South Main - Hays – 11 am -7 pm - 785-628-2624

Volga German Society Oktoberfest held in conjunction with the Fort Hays State University Homecoming weekend. German food, traditional tapping of the keg, over 70 booths, polka music and entertainment. 




November 6, 2016

Our Lady Help of Christians Fall Fest

Our Lady Help of Christians Church – Antonino – 4-7 pm – 785-623-4561

Old fashioned German roast beef dinner with all the trimmings.  Home baked cakes, pies, rolls and cookies are served and are also available through the raffle drawing.  Craft items, canned goods and handmade holiday gifts available to purchase.  

Call 785-625-5494 

Email: suzannemkllaus@gmail.com





Hays Arts Center Annex

For information: 785-259-6552

The festival of lanterns is a German tradition that takes place in the evening on or around the Feast Day of St. Martin where parents, families and neighbors gather together for a small, neighborhood parade led by St. Martin and his white horse.  The children sing traditional songs in the glow of handmade candle-lit lanterns that symbolized the light St. Martin brought into people’s lives. 


The Lanternfest is an evening for children to make a lantern, learn the lantern songs and sing them as they walk the downtown streets with lanterns in hand.  After making the lanterns and baking the little Weckmänner, the story of St. Martin is told, a shadow puppet show is shown, and the parade of lanterns goes into the streets where participants will sing the newly learned songs.  Come enjoy warm baked goodies and beverages as well as a warm glowing atmosphere. Please bring a canned good for donation as well as $5 per family. 

Email clfenwick@mail.fhsu.edu

December 4, 2016

Sunflower Chapter of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia

Christmas Potluck

Munjor Parish Hall – 11:30 am- 3 pm - 785-626-0329

Check our website for current programs www.volgagerman.net

Social hour, refreshments, lunch and a special Christmas program. 

Email - krupp@ruraltel.net 

Membership renewals are accepted at this meeting for the new year.

Weekends in December, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Little Town of Bethlehem Christmas Nativity

St. Boniface Church in Vincent presents their Little Town of Bethlehem Christmas display on Sunday afternoons in the month of December.  Hundreds of handcrafted items, miniature houses, shells, rocks, bridges, streams, animals and figurines make up this large nativity scene that has been displayed since 1927. Sundays 1-5 pm - Free admission. Religious gifts items(rosarys, cards, ceramics, etc...) available. Open after Christmas Day by appointment or tours are available by calling or 785-735-9258 or 785-735-4836.

email: tbrungardt86@gmail.com


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