Spass-Tagen returns to St. Boni July 13

by Greta Sowles

Looking for something to do next weekend? St. Bonifacius’s Spass-Tagen, an all-day community event held in Missile Park on Saturday, July 13, is sure to please St. Boni residents and guests alike.
From 11 a.m. to midnight, the event is filled with fun for all ages, including wiener dog races, a BBQ contest, a famer’s market, a beer tent, magician Charley Hagen, a street dance featuring music by 3 Beer Warmup, a concertina band, food vendors, kids games, a bounce house, a Model A car show and much more.
Food and beverages available during the day include hamburgers and hotdogs, a beer tent, goods from the famer’s market, popcorn, pulled pork, root beer floats, ice cream and BBQ pork from the BBQ contest.
The event first started in 1976 as St. Bonifacius’s bicentennial celebration and became Spass-Tagen, which is German for “fun days,” in 1980. Spass-Tagen continued until 1984, when it virtually ran out of steam. This year, St. Bonifacius’s Lions Club, Legion, Sportsman Club, Historical Society, Community Development Group and the St. Bonifacius Fire Department have joined together in an effort to bring Spass-Tagen back to the community.
“My goal is to get people together,” said Fred Keller, president of Spass-Tagen.
Keller also mentioned that many people in the St. Bonifacius community commute to the cities for work and go right into their houses when they return home. School systems often bring community together, but there is no school in St. Bonifacius.
Originally, Spass-Tagen was a three-day event, which is what Keller and other planners are hoping to return to one day. They wanted to start smaller to ensure success.
“This is more of an organizational event, “ said Keller.
While there isn’t much more room for the physical community of St. Bonifacious to grow, Keller is hoping that Spass-Tagen will help grow the commercial side of things.
“We are trying to support some of the new businesses,” said Keller.
Missile Park is located on County Road 92 in St. Bonifacius. More information about Spass-Tagen can be found at www.stboni-spass-tagen.com.

St. Boni History Book
A new book featuring St. Boni history will be available for purchase at Spass-Tagen from the St. Boni Historical Society.
“German Home — St. Bonifacius, Minn.” by Kenneth Heitz focuses on “A Case Study of German Settlement on the Minnesota Frontier in the mid-19th Century.” Heitz is a charter member of the society.
The paperback book is 40 pages long and features full color. It is available for $10.

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