Victoria’s Herzogfest is ‘Too Much Fun’

The 30th annual Herzogfest in Victoria is this Friday and Saturday.

The festival – with the motto “It’s Too Much Fun” – celebrates the town’s German heritage and includes homemade-food vendors, a parade and a welcoming ceremony with German chants and blessings.

Events start Friday at 5 p.m. Saturday’s events begin at 7:45 a.m. with a 5K run, a parade at 9:30 a.m. and welcoming ceremony at 10 a.m. Activities and events take place throughout the day and into the night. Horseshoes, a car show and polka is included. Highlights Saturday afternoon include a polka Mass at 4 p.m. and talent show at 6:30 p.m.

Victoria is about 175 miles northwest of Wichita, near Hays. It is best known for the church, “Cathedral of the Plains,” nicknamed by William Jennings Bryan when he visited the town in 1912.

The church, considered the largest west of the Mississippi when it was completed in 1911, can seat more than 1,100 people. It was built by Volga Germans who settled the area in the late 19th century.

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