By Sara Dirks
Special to The Record-Times 

Looking back and ahead to Deutschesfest

Annual fest this weekend


Last updated 9/16/2022 at 11:33am

Photo from Deutchesfest Facebook

The Schafer Family prepared homemade sausage for the upcoming Deutschesfest weekend. Pictured left to right: Andrew Schafer, Ellen Schafer, Sam Schafer and Melissa Schafer.

Beer is what started it all! And perhaps has made for more than one hazy memory, but it also seems to have led to Odessa's longest running tradition, Deutschesfest.

ODESSA – It's always interesting taking a walk down memory lane. Sometimes it's not your memories being shared but you can picture the scene all the same.

Deutschesfest was started 17 years before I was born, but I've had the pleasure of growing up in Odessa and knowing so many of the individuals who spearheaded the festival.

With the help of Jim Walter's granddaughter, Kaci King, and Paul Hopp's friends, Barbara and Kaleb...

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