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Food, music headline 30th Herzogfest





VICTORIA -- For some, Herzogfest is about the food. For others, it's the music. Still others come just because.

The festival grounds open at 5 p.m. Friday for the 30th annual Herzogfest.

Food vendors on Main Street offer galushkies, noodles and beans, burgers, brats, peach cobbler, funnel cakes, fried Oreos and fresh-squeezed lemonade.

There's free swimming and games at the pool until 8 p.m.

Those attending are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy music in the park. It kicks off with the Wes Windholz Band at 5:30 p.m., followed by Shades of Gray on stage at 7:30 p.m. and national recording artist Wade Bowen at 9:30 p.m.

Bumpy Knuckles the clown will perform both Friday evening and Saturday, said Marge Rome, president of the Herzogfest committee.

Rome said she was asked to get involved approximately 20 years ago and has served as president of the committee since then.

"I've always been involved in community activities, and this is one of the biggest," she said. "We always have so much going on."

Rome, retired from teaching for 12 years, said she thinks there's more activities for children this year.

"Every year, my life was teaching kids. So every year I try to concentrate on that."

Kids' activities include an egg toss, sack race, fish pond, ducks in a pool, and the fun cycles will be back.

A 5K run/walk at 7:45 a.m. kicks off Saturday's events.

"Quite a few have signed up to participate," Rome said.

The parade starts at 9:30 a.m., followed by the welcoming ceremony and time of thanksgiving at 10 a.m.

Games and activities, basketball, horseshoes, a pedal pull, bingo and pinochle, run throughout the day. The polka Mass in the park is at 4 p.m., followed by a talent show.

Since participants can enter the talent show until mid-Saturday afternoon, Rome isn't sure how many will perform, but it's usually pretty popular.

Jimmy Dee and the Fabulous Destinations take the stage at 9:30 p.m.

"Originally from Victoria, they draw a crowd," Rome said.