FLINT TWP. — A Bavarian theme was chosen this year for the Woodhaven Senior Community’s 22nd annual Fall Fest for residents, family and friends.
About 700 people attending the event on Saturday danced to polka band music by Gary Kolody of Clarkston and dined on popular German foods including brats and sauerkraut, German potato salad and German Chocolate Cake.
Fun activities included a traditional balloon release and a Wiener Dog Race, a first-time event. A University of Michigan tailgate-style tent offered hot pretzels and root beer.
A bake sale raised funds to refurbish the chapel. Five $100 gift certificates were raffled off from businesses in Frankenmuth including Bronner’s, Zehnder’s, the Bavarian Inn, River Place Shops and the Frankenmuth Brewery.
Dee and Bruce Malmstrom, who breed dachshunds as a hobby, brought several dogs to participate in the Wiener Dog Race. Dee Malmstrom said they regularly provide dogs to Woodhaven for pet therapy activities.
David Dixner, Woodhaven’s executive director, said the annual festival is a way of giving back to the community which has 183 apartments.