Fryburg celebrates parish life

FRYBURG — Kiddie tractor pulls, corn hole, craft wheels and bingo — to visitors, the Fryburg Homecoming Festival may seem like any fun, small town festival, but those who grew up anticipating ‘mock turtle soup’ once a year understand the sense of community under the St. John Catholic Church steeple. 

Although new aspects have been added to the festival in recent years, including the Mock Turtle 5k Race, for fundraising efforts and appeal, the traditions are what locals say truly keep the Fryburg festival alive.

Jill Keith, a Fryburg native, said her father, Albin Steinke, donated one of the longest kept traditions — a painting by the late Father Lawrence Tebbe (1901-1972).

“Years ago, when people would pass away, there would be an auction of a Father Tebbe painting,” Keith said. “Dad went to auctions and made sure that each one of us kids had a Father Tebbe painting.”

The painting for raffle at the festival this year was previously owned by Albin Steinke’s son, the late Dan Steinke.

Keith said her father donated the painting in memory of her mother Polly Steinke and two brothers, Dave and Dan Steinke. 

For the full story, see the Tuesday, Sept. 2 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.