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Artisans, demonstrators and vendors will fill the halls of Moorhead’s Hjemkomst Center with booths about various aspects of German culture on Saturday, Sept. 28, as the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County prepares to host its first-ever German Culture Day.

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German Culture Day celebrates German cultural heritage of past immigrants and of contemporary Germany with a combination of traditional music and dance, children’s activities, and folk traditional crafts. The day’s activities are free and open to the public.

Karen’s Kuchen, Prairies Home Brewers, Red River Volkswagon Club, and Germans-from-Russia iron works are just a few featured booths you will see at this year’s inaugural event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Musical performers set to take the stage include Dale Dahmen & the Polka Beats from Buffalo, Minn., the Flemming Fold from the Twin Cities and Amy Klein of Fargo/Moorhead.

Dale Dahmen, a composer as well as a musician, was inducted into the Concertina World Congress Hall of Fame in 2012. He has eight albums, composed several original scores and plays in two other bands, one being the New Jolly Brewers.

The Flemming Fold is a versatile family music group composed of four members: Troy Flemming, his wife Sandra and their two daughters. Originally from southern Minnesota, the Flemming Fold has performed over 600 concerts. Troy, a.k.a “The Yodelmeister,” is a free-style guitarist and yodeler. Along with Sandra on the accordion and their daughters on mandolin, fiddle and base, it is not surprising that the Flemmings have been hailed as one of the most talented musical families in the Twin Cities.

Authentic German food will be available to savor as it is complimented with a selection of German imported beer and German-American brews sponsored by Schell’s Brewery and Bergseth Brothers Co. The food and beer will be available for purchase.

German Culture Day is made possible by grant funding provided by the Arts Partnership, Moorhead Public Service and the North Dakota Council on the Arts.

This event is also made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Lake Region Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

In the evening, the HCSCC is hosting a German Rhineland dinner as a fundraiser for the museum.

This four-course meal celebrates the food, wine and beer of the Rhineland region.

A fine selection of the best German beers and wines will be available for purchase to complement each course and to entice the palette.

This contemporary German dinner is perfectly orchestrated for a tantalizing gastronomic experience that any foodie will rave about.

Dinner is served at 6 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person and are on sale now through Sept. 21. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.  Contact Tim Jorgensen at 218-299-5511, Ext 6737 or email tim.jorgensen@ci.moorhead.mn.us for more information. The Rhineland Dinner is sponsored by Shell’s Brewery, Happy Harry’s Bottle Shop, and Bergseth Brothers, Co.

The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County collects, preserves, interprets, and shares the history and culture of Clay County, Minnesota.

HCSCC also provides interpretation of the Hjemkomst Viking Ship, Hopperstad Stave Church Replica, and hosts traveling exhibits in 7,000 sq. feet of temporary exhibition space.

The Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County is a community resource for 210,000 people in the Fargo-Moorhead metro area and serves an average of 30,000 visitors a year from all over the world.

The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County is located in the Hjemkomst Center at 202 First Avenue North in Moorhead.

For more information, call 218-299-5511 or visit www.hcscconline.org.

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