On July 27 the Annual Celebration of Swiss Heritage in Grundy County will again be held at the Stocker-Stampfli Homestead in Gruetli-Laager. This year’s event will again feature The Music Masters Band (Die Musik Meisters) of Nashville. This well-known group of musicians has entertained huge crowds at different Octoberfest events around the country. They also serve as the “house band” for “The Gerst Haus,” which is an authentic German restaurant in Nashville.
The music and event will start at 10:00 a.m. and conclude at 4:00 p.m. There will be food vendors selling an array of foods from bratwurst with sauerkraut, pork barbeque, Dutch oven cobbler and much more. One of the vendors is making a Swiss cookie recipe, which requires 30 pounds of flour. Now that’s a lot of cookies!
The old Stoker-Stampfli home will be decorated and open for tours and the Society hopes to have an historian with a display of documents for those researching their Swiss roots. Many of the records and artifacts remain in private hands where they have been handed down for generations. So our offerings in this area each year depends largely on what individuals bring. We expect Prof. Clopper Almon to be available to sign “The Gruetli Book.” This is a definitive history of the Swiss in Grundy, written by Frances Helen Jackson in 1936 as a thesis for a Masters. Clopper has translated, indexed, and kept the work current for years.
The Swiss Consular General will have representatives present and the Nashville Swiss Club will be chartering a bus to our event again this year. There will also be hayrides, farm tours, local wine and cheese tasting, as well as food and music!
The gate fee is $5 per adult, children and students FREE!!! Handicap parking and assistance will be available. Some seating is available, however it is recommended that you bring your lawn chair.
Organizers for the annual event look forward to seeing everyone there. They are expecting over a thousand people this year as in some years past. They hope you are one of those folks.
For more information, go to www.swisshistoricalsociety.org.