Annual Sangerfest in Cole Camp marks 23rd year
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Faith Bemiss | Democrat

As the 23rd annual Sangerfest, a German music festival, in Cole Camp got underway Saturday members of the Cole Camp Maennerchor, prepares to raise the festbaum before the concerts begin at 2:30 p.m. Neil Heimsoth, of Cole Camp, coordinator of the event, said many singers from Tulsa, Okla., St. Louis and Kansas City were native born Germans. The festival also coincided with the 175th anniversary of the founding of Cole Camp and was held in the Jaycee Gardens on Maple Street, downtown.

Faith Bemiss | Democrat

Clarissa Braun, 16, braids her 5-year-old sister Laura Ruth Braun’s hair before the festival begins. The sisters were to perform with their siblings as the Braun Family Kinderchor later in the day. The girls are the daughters of Pastor Allen Braun, of Mount Hulda Lutheran Church, and Laura Braun. “We’re singing,” Clarrisa said. “But the secret is, we’d be dressing up even if we weren’t.”

Faith Bemiss | Democrat

Sangerfest coordinator Neil Heimsoth, in center front, sings with the Cole Camp Maennerchor and with accordionist Marilyn Loehnig, of Hermann, after the festbuam was raised and secured. The group sang “Warum ist es in Cole Camp schoen,” or “Why is it so beautiful in Cole Camp?” Loehnig would perform later with the Loehnig German Band.

Faith Bemiss | Democrat

Kathy Wolz, left, and Barbara Potje, go over their music before the festival begins. They were to sing with the Chor des Deutschen Kulturvereins, of St. Louis. Twelve women were to sing on Saturday, the group is composed of 21. “All of these ladies are from Germany,” Potje said. “I was born here and I’m learning from them.”

Faith Bemiss | Democrat

David Miller, of Grandview, wore his Bavarian style hat complete with a goat’s beard tassel. He said in the Bavarian region of Germany the men would use the goat’s beard for lathering their faces for shaving and then they would place it in their hats to dry. Miller was to sing with the Kansas City Liederkranz later in the day.

Faith Bemiss | Democrat

The men of the Cole Camp Maennerchor finish securing the festbaum, on the corner of Maple Street and state Route 52, before the German choirs and singers began their performances on Saturday.



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