After a whole year of waiting, it’s time to set aside that granola and reach for the plate packed with sausage, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, gravy and pie.

The 79th annual Sausage & Sauerkraut Festival is back.

Saturday, Nov. 2, volunteers will serve tons (literally) of fresh sausage, along with homemade sauerkraut and applesauce at Visitation Parish, 2485 N.W Visitation Road in Verboort, north of Forest Grove.

Generations of locals gather each year to enjoy one of the parish’s largest fundraisers. Some volunteers have not missed a sausage festival for 50 years.

Organizers served just less than 200 pounds of sausage in 1934, when the festival started. Today, diners go through 15 tons of the secret-recipe meat.

Bulk sales of sausage ($5 per pound) and sauerkraut ($3 per quart) start at 9 a.m. and usually sell out quickly, so get there early.

The bake sale, bazaar and country store open at 10 a.m. and feature a variety of crafts and homemade goods.

Bingo starts at 11 a.m. and the beer garden opens at noon.

Dinner tickets go on sale at 10 a.m., and dinner is served from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Drive-thru to-go meals are also available. Dinners include Verboort sausage, sauerkraut, salad, mashed potatoes, rolls, applesauce, green beans and pie.

Adult tickets are $15, senior (62 and older) tickets are $14, tickets for children ages 6 to 12 are $7, and children younger than 5 eat free. To-go meals are $15. Only cash and checks are accepted, but an ATM is available on site.

For more information call 503-357-6990.

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