Traditional Belgian Kermiss
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
There will be a Belgian Kermiss on Sunday, September 21st from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, at the Belgian Heritage Center at 1255 County Road DK (the former St. Mary of the Snow Church in Namur). A Kermiss is a traditional Belgian harvest celebration that is open to the whole community featuring Belgian food, beer, music and camaraderie. There will be Belgian food including booyah, trippe (a Belgian sausage similar to a bratwurst), hamburgers, jutt, Belgian pie, tortes, and old fashioned ice-cream making powered by a tractor. All proceeds will benefit the Belgian Heritage Center.
There will be music from 12:30 to 2:30 pm by Polka Man Dale. Other activities include Dennis Nellis demonstrating his chainsaw carving, old fashioned hammer and sawing competitions, display of antique tractors, craft exhibitions, and a large bucket raffle.
As at all of the Belgian heritage events, you are invited to bring old family and community pictures to scan and you may view our current collection. There will be genealogy assistance available for those interested in exploring their Belgian heritage.
Kermisses were traditionally celebrated in each small community in the Belgian settlement in consecutive weeks beginning before Labor Day and extending into October. The celebration would begin with a Catholic Mass followed by gatherings in the homes, taverns and dancehalls. Relatives and friends would come from all the neighboring areas to partake of the abundance of food, especially huge numbers of Belgian pies.