All things Luxembourg — including musicians, vocalists and plenty of Bofferding beer — will be featured at the 29th annual Luxembourg Fest of America, which will be held Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 8 and 9, in Belgium.
Mustreipen — a blood sausage known as treipen in other parts of the country and Europe — will be served both days along with country sausages, fried potatoes, pies and kuchens, a fruit-topped pastry.
Moselle Valley Brass Band from Luxembourg will perform both days.
The band, a 15-piece group featuring three trumpets, a clarinet, five saxophones, two bass guitars, two tubas, a baritone and a rhythm guitar will play from 1:15 to 4 p.m. Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in Community Park.
Festivities including an arts and crafts fair, children’s games, food and refreshments are planned from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.
The following events will take place in Community Park unless otherwise noted:
Saturday, Aug. 8
• An 11 a.m. parade, led by “Peanuts” the Red Lion of Luxembourg, will start at Highway KW and proceed east on Main Street to Community Park.
• The honored families’ exhibits will be in the Exhibit Hall at Belgium Municipal Hall on Park Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. This year’s honored families include Knaff, Ronk and Steinmetz.
A special presentation honoring the families will be at 11 a.m. Sunday in Community Park.
• The fifth annual Minute to Win It Treipen Eating Contest will be at 12:30 p.m.
The contest is open to the first 16 people age 18 or older. The contestant who eats the most treipen will receive a trophy and ride in the 2016 Fest parade.
• A book signing by authors Fausto Gardini, Mary Nilles and John Riordan will be from 1 to 3 p.m. both days in the Exhibit Hall.
Sunday, Aug. 9
• An outdoor Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. by Father John Clemens of Chicago, and other area priests. Music will be provided by the Luxembourg Fest Choir.
• The festival Duke and Duchess, Terry and Ellie Sveine, will be crowned at 11 a.m.
For more information or to register for the treipen eating contest, call (262) 476-5086, e-mail
or visit www.luxamculturalsociety.org.