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News and notes from the Salem Fests


1970, First Fest after closing of Salem, offering of $161.27

1971, Rev CB Frank was speaker

1974, 5th Salem Fest

1976, Patriotic decorating, 200th anniversary of Declaration of Independence

1976, September; Gospel 4 sang.  Called it Salem Fall Harvest Festival

1978, Rev Roy Heitke spoke

1980, Rev LaVerne Snyder spoke

1985, Ervin Schultz spoke, Ed Heitke played organ, Art Wolverton sang

1986, Esa Heinonen read scripture in Finnish.  Quartet: Lon Moon, Tim Gess, Luverne Liestman, Lowell Becker

1987, Rev. Leroy Rayson spoke

8/13/1989 Art & Doug Voss & Herb Snyder played music.  Mike Elmhorst sang

1991, Errol Bluhm - violin solo.  Wegner family singers

8/4/1994 Herb Snyder and Larry played music.  Arlette Nelson had a piano solo,  25th Fest.

8/9/1998, Hottest day of the year,  Lowell Gess speaker

9/17/1995, Joshua Tompkins piano concert

8/11/1996, Russ & Helen Jones, Jessica & Christopher Miller, Sticks & Stones

8/9/1997 Diversity Choir.  Gospel music with Kendra Johnson

8/10/1997 Marilyn Chiat talked and showed slides,  Celebrated the 100th anniversary of the building

8/8/1998 First ice cream social after 30 years.  Art Voss & Northern Lights played music outside.  Served grilled hamburgers

8/8/1998 Bill Holm on piano, he spoke and sang.  Showed the documentary.

8/7/1999 Ice Cream social.  Hymns & History hour.  Rev. Mike Miller on piano with singing of favorite requested hymns.

8/12/2000, Maennerchor singers performed after the ice cream social

8/12/2001, Rev Dave Kachel spoke on German heritage, 

8/2002,  Displayed the American Flag; Remembering 911 

8/13/2005,  Last ice cream social

8/12/2006 Maennerchor in Concert

8/12/2007 Rev. Dave Schneider as Circuit Rider

3/23/2008, Easter Sunrise Service (held inside)

8/9/2009, 40th Salem Fest.  Robin & Lon Moon sang.  Carol Heitke-solo

8/8/2010, String of Pearls sang at the Fest

8/12/2012, Dave Stumo and singers from community had a singing program

8/11/2013, Russ Svenningsen sang, Dave Lorenz & group had musical numbers

8/13/2017, The Life, Times & Faith of Dr. Lowell Gess

8/12/2018, ALIVE quartet and a Memorial Candle Lighting for Lon Moon & Willie & Gloria Scheel

8/2019, 50th Salem Fest, trumpet medley by Pastor Jim Pritchett (Crystal Hills Assembly)

8/2020, Fest is cancelled due to the pandemic.  A walk through the cemetery was offered and people were requested 

to keep their distance and wear masks if they came inside the church.  A history table was set up inside. 


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