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New foundation member to keep MaiFest alive

April 21, 2009

While the future of MaiFest, Germantown's annual celebration of German heritage, seemed questionable at the end of last year, a new organizer has come forward to keep the tradition alive.

"I think there has been some misinformation out there that the event isn't happening this year," Chris Yatchak said of the festival, "but I definitely think it is an enjoyable and worthwhile experience that needs to continue for many years to come."

Planning for this year's MaiFest started a few months later than usual, after Yatchak in January joined the Deutschstadt Heritage Foundation, which runs the event, and agreed to lead the MaiFest committee.

Last year, the foundation had decided to abandon the event because of a lack of "new blood" to help organize it.

"I'm just excited because we've got some new blood working with the old blood to keep an event going that I know a lot of Germantown residents look forward to each year," said foundation member Charlie Hargan, adding he has not missed a day of the festival in its 20 years of existence.

This year's festival - Saturday, May 16, and Sunday, May 17 - will feature children's activities and games, music by the Music Venders and Pommersche Tanzdeel Freistadt, and German food vendors featuring cuisine like rouladen (meat rolls) and spanferkel (roasted pig).

Ty Finke can be reached at (262) 446-6621.

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