LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Each year the streets of Downtown Lafayette transform into a small German village. But due to weather the 13th annual Germanfest hosted by St. Boniface Catholic Church has been canceled.
Father Tim Alkire said there were supposed to be several new food vendors this year including an expanded taco area and chocolate house. Games, food and music are shared throughout the day from the heritage of the parish. It's also a time to show off the diversity of the Greater Lafayette community.
"With an immigrant community we continue to have in our parish, from the beginning until now, it's an opportunity to show the richness of heritage, the richness of people coming from other places, being accepted," Alkire said.
The first year of Germanfest, a few hundred people came out to show their support. Now, thousands of people come out to enjoy the festival.
"I tell our parishioners when we all get behind a festival like this we're not only welcoming 13,000 people to our campus, but we also are ensuring our future going forward," said Alkire.
The $10,000 raffle is still happening. If you would like to purchase a ticket, call Mary at (765) 404-1728 or Marta (765) 418-5566. You must purchase your ticket by 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8.