The First United Methodist Church of Miles held their annual Sausage festival on Saturday. The festival was attended by scores of people, rewarding all of the hard work of the festival organizers. Pastor Gary Karschner was the chief organizer with the festival being the churches main fundraiser for the year, “This year is fantastic. The turnout is just great.”

This year the festival volunteers cooked over 500 lbs of Sklenarik’s smoked sausage that was donated for the event. The sausage was also sold by the pound, both raw and cooked. There was a drive up area for people who were eating on the go.

The silent auction had 50 silent auction items with everything from fresh produce to vintage Coca Cola items.

But to many, the high point of the festival was seeing all of the families and old friends sitting together and enjoying a fine meal of sausage, German sauerkraut, German potatoes and a wide variety of desserts from pies to pudding to cakes. The German sauerkraut was a hit with people who were used to the cold American version usually found on top of hotdogs. German sauerkraut is served warm and has a little sweetness that was accentuated by the tartness of the pickled cabbage.

Volunteers served the food inside while more volunteers smoked the sausage on several barbeque pits outside. It was a group effort that had excellent organization and ran smoothly the entire time.

Kraschner, in an email to the newspaper, is already looking forward to next year’s festival: “The laughter you heard last weekend, and the great smell of German sausage cooking on the grill, came from the Miles UMC Sausage Festival. Last Sunday over 264 dinners were served in the Young Farmers Barn in Miles, and 209 were sold as take-out/to go orders. The Miles Methodist Church sponsored this event and according to Pastor Gary Karschner church members and many volunteers worked hard to cook, serve meals, conduct a silent auction and help make the attendees feel welcome. "We are pleased with this great turnout and thank everyone for their support. We have this event to help our church meet shortfalls in our budget and help with the growing demand our youth programs are putting on our congregation." Karschner was seen serving tea and greeting guests as they entered the facility in Miles. The plates were full and the mood was friendly as folks sat and visited while waiting for the silent auction to end and the drawing for the raffle items to be conducted at the end of the event. Auction coordinator, Wendy Sklenarik, had fifty items laid out on tables for the diners to bid on. It was obvious this event was well planned and the winning bidders were all pleased with their haul. Karschner wanted everyone to know how appreciative he and the church members were for the support of all the attendees and diners. They will certainly do it again next year.