Every year since 1983 the grounds of our historic St. James Lutheran Church in west Columbus have been filled on the first full weekend of August with a few thousand people attending the church's Brats Fest & Craft Show.

To the Editor:

Every year since 1983 the grounds of our historic St. James Lutheran Church in west Columbus have been filled on the first full weekend of August with a few thousand people attending the church's Brats Fest & Craft Show.

This year, the event once again was well received by the community as attendees were treated to authentic German food that is made and served by the members of the church who volunteer many hours to produce and shepherd the festival.

On the entertainment front, music director Ken Nicol put forth a continuous lineup of performers for the three-day event that included old-time American popular music by the Hilliard Community Band, Danish saw player Doris Mudrock, Chris Weiss and his concertina, Nicol himself playing a fiery banjo, and he, fellow musician Mary Drake and the Turbo Ensemble delivering unique and lively renditions of classic favorites such as Wabash Cannonball, Edelweiss and King of the Road.

The Ohio Village Muffins played in the third annual matchup against our church league Lutheran Strikers on Saturday, with many enjoying the 1860s-era "base ball" game played in period uniforms, sans gloves.

We are proud of our festival and its heritage. Each year, the proceeds we raise are donated back to the community, and this year, we will be aiding the following organizations: Hilliard Community Assistance Council, Lutheran Social Services of Ohio Food Pantry, Habitat for Humanity, St. James Tuesdays Free Meal and Boy Scout Troop 734.

The St. James Brats & Crafts Festival Committee wishes to thank all who donated their time and those who attended and supported the event. We look forward to seeing everyone next year on the first weekend in August for the festival's 30th anniversary.

Dan Trittschuh
Brats Committee member