Sister Cities host German ‘Fasching’

A German Mardi Gras, known as a “Fasching,” was hosted by Wapakoneta Sister Cities on Thursday at the St. Joseph Parish Center in Wapakoneta, proceeds sponsoring the 20th anniversary of the partnership between Wapakoneta and Lengerich, Germany.

Cream puffs, homemade by Wapakoneta Sister Cities President Cheryl Drexler, were biggest hit at the fundraiser. Other food items included brats and kraut, German potato salad and spaetzle.

German culture celebrates the “Fasching” in February with a celebration similar to the U.S. Mardi Gras.

“It’s kind of like our Mardi Gras,” Drexler said. “You know, with the costumes and the parades and what we’re used to.”

Drexler said this fundraiser was hosted this year to benefit the anniversary, which will be in addition to the nine German students visiting Wapakoneta this summer.

Thirty nine German adults will be visiting Wapakoneta Oct. 12-17 for the anniversary.

“We’re still looking for host families,” Drexler said. “We have activities and plans and things in the works for while they’re here.”

For the full story, see the Friday, March 14 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.