Elberta Sausage Festival

Oct 30, 2007 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Pnj.com

Elberta, Ala.'s famous sausage festival features continuous entertainment and more than 200 arts and crafts booths. via Pnj.com

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Imangttia

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Oct 30, 2007
 
How many years has Elberta held this Sausage Festival? For many years, I believe, and they still can't figure out how to get people their sausage sandwich in a timely fashion. I timed a lady who just got in line for one last year and by the time she got her sausage, 45 minutes had passed. Now, go to the Bratwurst Festival in Gulf Shores this winter when the Snowbirds run this event with lots and lots of participants and you can almost walk up to the stands and immediately get your Bratwurst sandwich. Come on Elberta--take a leaf out of the Snowbird's book and get people fed before they starve to death. Oh, and when you figure out how to solve your problem, let me know and I'll come back to your festival.
Imangttia

Foley, AL

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Nov 17, 2007
 
Why can't Elberta hold a German Festival? Apparently there are a lot of folks in Elberta with a Germanic heritage and have some fine German recipes. Some people might get the impression that the only thing Germans eat are sausages. What about a good UumpPaa Band and some good German beer, pig knuckles, saurbratten and dumplins, potato pancakes and chow chow, German Chocolate cake and Chocolate Eclairs? Come on Elberta--get with it.
rudy

Gulf Shores, AL

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Nov 17, 2007
 

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Here it is just like the rest of the county. We have an incompetent or corrupt mayor/council that has approved most every project that comes across. I do not know the exact numbers but I estimate they have already approved projects that more than triple our population if they are all built. Thanks to the economy things are slowed. The elected officals do not really get into the issues; they assumed several hundred units near Wolf Bay were condos when the proposal read condo-like i.e. apartments. For a community to keep its heritage the growth needs to be slow and preserving the special parts of the town. There is little heritage here, so the festival is just like all the others in the area. I'll add that I am against the Wolf Bay bridge for the reasons above and others.
Born RIGHT HERE

Foley, AL

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Mar 14, 2008
 

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Imangttia wrote:
How many years has Elberta held this Sausage Festival? For many years, I believe, and they still can't figure out how to get people their sausage sandwich in a timely fashion. I timed a lady who just got in line for one last year and by the time she got her sausage, 45 minutes had passed. Now, go to the Bratwurst Festival in Gulf Shores this winter when the Snowbirds run this event with lots and lots of participants and you can almost walk up to the stands and immediately get your Bratwurst sandwich. Come on Elberta--take a leaf out of the Snowbird's book and get people fed before they starve to death. Oh, and when you figure out how to solve your problem, let me know and I'll come back to your festival.
GO BACK UP NORTH
Imangttia

Foley, AL

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Mar 14, 2008
 
Born RIGHT HERE wrote:
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GO BACK UP NORTH
Obviously. Up North the Germans know how to cook.
glamoursecrets

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Mar 14, 2008
 
i love elberta sausage festival!!!!
Imangttia

Foley, AL

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Mar 15, 2008
 
glamoursecrets wrote:
i love elberta sausage festival!!!!
If you love the Elberta sausage festival you will really, really love the Snowbirds Brat Festival in Gulf Shores because you won't have to stand in line for close to an hour to get fed. In fact, you won't even have to stand in line. Usually, you can walk right up and get served. Why Elberta can't figure out how to serve people the same way is beyond me.
Imangttia

Foley, AL

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Mar 17, 2008
 
The Elberta sausage festival is only a few days away. If you want a sausage, you better get in line now.
amo

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Apr 8, 2008
 
Elberta does have a German Fest. It is the St Benedict's Annual German Fest and this year will be our 36th! It will be on April 26th and it begins with a Raven Run at 7:30am. Our first band will begin playing at 9:00am and the Fest will run until 5:30/6:00. We will have three bands throughout the day, including one German group. We will be serving German Sausage, Sauerkraut, Red Cabbage, Filled Cabbage Rolls, German style Goulash and German style Potato Salad. We also have a sweet shop with both American and German style desserts. For now, our beer is American, but in the future we may be including some German brands. For years, we have been confused with the Elberta Sausage Festival. We are not the same Festival. Ours is run By St. Benedict's School and it is the OLDEST German Fest in Baldwin County. In addition, we have games and rides for children, craft booths, a rummage sale, bingo and raffles; including our grand raffle of a brand new 2008 4 door Jeep Wrangler OR $20,000. We are not as large, but we have a lot to offer and our German Food and music is definitely authentic (not to mention, quite good). Please spread the word and come and give us a try. Hope to see you there!
Imangttia

Foley, AL

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Apr 8, 2008
 
Now we're talking! Thanks for the info. Sounds just like what I was looking for. Will see you on April 26th. Thanks for putting out the notice. Directions would be helpful also for all of us 'Come-Here's'.
xissors

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Apr 9, 2008
 
Imangttia wrote:
How many years has Elberta held this Sausage Festival? For many years, I believe, and they still can't figure out how to get people their sausage sandwich in a timely fashion. I timed a lady who just got in line for one last year and by the time she got her sausage, 45 minutes had passed. Now, go to the Bratwurst Festival in Gulf Shores this winter when the Snowbirds run this event with lots and lots of participants and you can almost walk up to the stands and immediately get your Bratwurst sandwich. Come on Elberta--take a leaf out of the Snowbird's book and get people fed before they starve to death. Oh, and when you figure out how to solve your problem, let me know and I'll come back to your festival.
the Brat Fest in Gulf Shores does not have 35,000 people that attend. the Elberta Sausage Festival does. that probably makes a difference. if you do not wish to come to the festival, there are obviously about 34,999 others that would be willing to take your place in line.
Imangttia

Foley, AL

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Apr 10, 2008
 
35,000 people! Who are you kidding. That's 3.5 times that capacity of the Amphetheater at the Wharf. With that kind of attendance, you should be able to get Jimmy Buffett to perform rather than an over-the-hill uumpa band of 2. But, rather than ignoring the problem of a 45 minute wait to get a sausage that is made in Robertsdale and not Elberta in the 1st place, you should direct your valued suggestions to those who run the festival and get them to do something about the unnecessary wait in line which I consider a cold slap in the face to those who come for the first time and then have no intention of coming the second time. I'm sure that if it weren't for 1st timers, there wouldn't be any wait in line at all except for the person behind you.

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Apr 10, 2008
 
yes, 35,000 people. and why would Jimmy Buffett be invited? it is a GERMAN Sausage Festival. also, the Polka Dots have 6 members. not 2. what does it matter where the sausage is made at? there is not a meat locker or meat processing plant in Elberta, so how do you suggest the fire department gets the meat? make it in the firehouse? what are your suggestions to cut down the wait? clearly you have a solution to the problem, so I am quite eager to hear it. the truth is there are ALOT of folks who have been coming for years and don't mind the wait. for the simple fact that they understand when over 1,000 people come up to 13 windows all at once, it takes a little while. maybe you would like to volunteer your time to help at the festival. that would be wonderful, considering thats what everybody there does. volunteers are always needed and welcomed at the festival, and we would be glad to have you! but please, if you do not enjoy the Festival then by all means, don't come out. we would rather our guests enjoy themselves.
Imangttia

Foley, AL

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I think the volunteers that you need are volunteers from the North who know that life is more important and that there are more things to do than stand in line forever for one sausage. Next year, go to the Bratwurst Festival that the Snowbirds put on in Gulf Shores and see how they do it. I really haven't studied their method in detail but from what I have casually observed is that they have people who prepare the brats and carry them in containers to several dispensing locations in and amongst the crowd. The dispensing locations take people's money and direct them to a table where some other people put the Brat on a sausage (with saurkraut if requested) and then the individual takes the Brat to a table where they can put their condiments on it if they choose. Since I refused to spend 1/2 day waiting in line for a sausage at the Elberta Festival, I have no idea why with so many lines they can't move this operation along unless they have the same geriatrics working the counter as you probably stand behind at the checkout counter in the grocery store and whom it takes 10 minutes for them to get their check book out of their purse and another 10 minutes to write a check.

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Apr 10, 2008
 
I think that before you begin to criticize any type of function, I think that you should start your own event. Then you will understand what goes into the Sausage Festival every year. After you do this then you can tell them they are doing it wrong.
Imangttia

Foley, AL

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I know that it is a lot of work and that is all the more reason that they should strive to get it right. If something needs fixing, it needs fixing.
schaery

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Apr 23, 2008
 
Imangttia wrote:
I think the volunteers that you need are volunteers from the North who know that life is more important and that there are more things to do than stand in line forever for one sausage. Next year, go to the Bratwurst Festival that the Snowbirds put on in Gulf Shores and see how they do it. I really haven't studied their method in detail but from what I have casually observed is that they have people who prepare the brats and carry them in containers to several dispensing locations in and amongst the crowd. The dispensing locations take people's money and direct them to a table where some other people put the Brat on a sausage (with saurkraut if requested) and then the individual takes the Brat to a table where they can put their condiments on it if they choose. Since I refused to spend 1/2 day waiting in line for a sausage at the Elberta Festival, I have no idea why with so many lines they can't move this operation along unless they have the same geriatrics working the counter as you probably stand behind at the checkout counter in the grocery store and whom it takes 10 minutes for them to get their check book out of their purse and another 10 minutes to write a check.
Oh, c'mon. Enough already. For those of you who enjoy the festival, please come. I was a vendor, and had a great day, and got a sausage sandwich with a little wait. If it's not your thing, there are many other festivals to attend. But all this yakking back and forth is very juvenile.
Imangttia

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Apr 23, 2008
 

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"But all this yakking back and forth is very juvenile."

I agree. It's just that I can't resist shaking things up a little. If I want an Elberta Sausage Festival sausage and don't want to stand in line, I'll just go to the butcher in Robertsdale that makes them (which I have already done) and buy a few pounds of them.

The Dude

Foley, AL

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#19
May 3, 2008
 
Imangttia, you are an a-hole. Maybe you should go somewhere else. All I have seen you post on here are negative things. If someone wants to wait 45 minutes for a sausage sandwich, so be it. Do like you said go to Farm Fresh and make your own dogs.
Imangttia

Foley, AL

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#20
May 3, 2008
 
Well, let me post something that is not negative. Last week I went to the Elberta German Festival. They had real German food--German Sausage, German potato salad, gulosh, German pies and pastries and everything was excellent. It was so good that I heard people telling the workers that they should open a restaurant which some of them actually admitted they were considering. They had an antique tractor show, all kinds of games for the kids, tables you could sit at to eat, bingo, train rides, raffles and FAST SERVICE. The only thing they didn't have and which they will try to have next year is some German beer along with the weak piss-water beer that Budwiser and Miller force on these types of events.

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