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Uff da, that was fun!

  • People gather at the Charles City Arts Center for the annual Uff Da Fruehling Fest Friday evening. (Photo submitted.)

  • Guests dig in to some German, Norwegian and Swedish cuisine Friday at the Charles City Arts Center for the annual Uff Da Fruehling Fest. (Photo submitted.)

  • Guests are all smiles, and some dressed for the occasion Friday at the Charles City Arts Center for the annual Uff Da Fruehling Fest. (Photo submitted.)

  • The band Polka Proste provides the music Friday at the Charles City Arts Center for the annual Uff Da Fruehling Fest. (Photo submitted.)

To the Press

There was good food, good music and lots of fun on Friday as the Charles City Arts Center hosted an “Uff Da Fruehling Fest,” which is a Norwegian-German celebration.

The annual event, now in its third year, is a fundraiser for the arts center. The name “Uff Da Fruehling” comes from the combining of the Norwegian “Uff da” with the German word for spring — “fruehling.”

CCAC Director Jacqueline Davidson explained that a good amount of the population in Charles City comes from either a German or Norwegian background. The event featured German food, Norwegian desserts, local beer — this year from Charles City’s own Saint Charles Brewery — and live polka music, courtesy of the band Polka Proste.

This year, it also featured a Swedish chef, Par Holmberg, who prepared food at the celebration together with Emily Kiewel, vice-president of the CCAC board.

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