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October 25, 2013

Locals get a taste of real German fare

DUNCAN — More than 500 bratwursts were prepared for this year’s Good Shepherd Lutheran Church’s Bratfest.

The annual event raises funds for local projects and organizations. Proceeds from Thursday’s meal will be split between the Food For Kids program and Duncan Community Residence.

“On average we make about $4,500 every year,” said Julie McKinney, church member.

Two or three men of the congregation keep watch over the cooking of the brats. This year Calvin Stegemoeller and Howdy Stout first boil the frozen meat, purchased each year from a meat shop in Muenster, Texas, then it is grilled.

“I work at Halliburton and when it gets to be October, everyone starts to ask when the Bratfest is going to be,” said Stegemoeller. “It’s a lot of work and it’s a lot of fun.”

Good Shepherd is a somewhat small congregation, therefore, to keep Bratfest going year after year, everyone helps by pitching in one way or another. All of the sides, such as sauerkraut, German potato salad and cinnamon applesauce is homemade, as are the many desserts.

“We started (Bratfest) in the 80s,” Stegemoeller said.

There was then a two year or so break, then the event was started up again about five years ago. It is something the Duncan community looks forward to. There are also those who travel a small ways to make it out to eat authentic German fare.

“I try to make it every year,” said August Ziegler, who came from Lawton. “It’s very good.”

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