St. Joseph’s German Sausage Festival began in 1969 with a 200-year-old recipe from Austria belonging to Marie Bednarz. The recipe was multiplied for the Slaton version. The first year, 524 pounds of sausage were made. This year, over 8,000 pounds will be produced. Along with the traditional recipe, jalapeno and habanero sausage are available. Jalapeños are added to 1,000 pounds for those who like a little more spice. This year—for extra spicy sausage—habañero peppers will be added.
Preparation starts months in advance. During Sausage week, church members, school parents and friends gather to make sausage and all of the fixings for the dinner, including 600 pounds of German potato salad and 150 loaves of homemade bread. The, and Saint Joseph Quilting Ladies also Ladies Quilters make quilts for auction.
When the festival arrives, people line up around the block toward St. Joseph Hall to purchase prepackaged sausage. Saturday continues with the Oktoberfest - a music festival celebrating the German heritage of St. Joseph’s founding families.
Sunday holds the Great Sausage Dinner, complete with braided pastries, homemade bread and german potato salad. The festival also features a live auction and a fair for children!
All of the proceeds directly benefit St. Joseph Catholic School.
Schedule of Events for 2016-2017
Sausage Festival Weekend