Eliza Habermas rides a horse as part of the 2018 Kinderfest celebration at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Eastpointe. The church will be bringing the event back for another year on Sunday, Oct. 6.

Eliza Habermas rides a horse as part of the 2018 Kinderfest celebration at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Eastpointe. The church will be bringing the event back for another year on Sunday, Oct. 6.

Photo provided by Caitlin Gerds


Kinderfest celebration to return for 126th year

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published October 1, 2019

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EASTPOINTE — St. Peter’s Lutheran Church’s annual Kinderfest celebration is returning this Sunday.

Kinderfest is a community festival featuring games, entertainment and food.

“It’s our 126th year of holding Kinderfest,” explained Darsi Fruhner, a member of the church’s Kinderfest committee. “It’s a family event. It’s not just for kids; it has something for everybody. We have German food, adult beverages, games for all ages, and it’s reasonably priced so everybody can have a good time.”

It will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at the church, which is located at 23000 Gratiot Ave.

“Kinderfest is something that St. Peter’s puts on every year, and we’ve been doing it for many years now,” said church official Caitlin Gerds. “There’s great food and drinks, entertainment for the kids, inflatables, a petting zoo and a lot more. It’s a celebration and something that the whole community is invited to.”

Although organized by a Lutheran church, the event is designed to be nondenominational and open to the entire community.

“Everybody is welcome from the community,” said Fruhner. “It’s not just for members of the church. We like to invite everyone in for a fun afternoon.”

Fruhner said there is no admission cost, although most individual attractions will require tickets that people have to buy.

“People can just show up and get tickets the day of, or they can save a little money by buying tickets early at our early childhood center,” she explained. “Tickets are four for $2, or five for $2 in advance if they buy them at our early childhood center from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Each ticket people buy is for use of one ride or game, not for admittance. Bracelets for inflatables are $15, and those are good for the whole day.”

The celebration will include a giant inflatable slide, a rock wall, an obstacle course, a bounce house, games and pony rides.

“It’s a fun way for the whole family to spend a day,” remarked Gerds. “There’s also the cake walk, the silent auction and entertainment for adults too. It’s a fun time for the whole family.”

“It’s really for the purpose of community fellowship,” added Fruhner. “We like to invite the neighborhood and community in. It’s not a fundraiser; the only thing that takes in money is a silent auction, but we try to just bring people together for a fun time.”

The organizers are hoping for good attendance and think anyone from the local community can find something fun to do at the event.

“I love watching the kids have fun on the inflatable and win tickets they can turn in for prizes,” said Fruhner. “If you are really looking for an event that has something for everyone in your family, from fun to food, this is the place to be.”

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