They’re all back — the signature sausages in a variety of flavors, the games, the live entertainment, the biergartens.
And thousands of people from the Tri-City area will gather at Christ the King, 1111 Stevens Drive, in Richland to enjoy them. The 39th annual Sausage Fest is Sept. 18-19.
“We’re really excited that it seems to get more and more popular as time goes on. We truly enjoy the craziness and the festivity that comes with Sausage Fest,” said Katie Donofrio, who’s heading up the event this year with her husband Peter.
Hours are from 5 p.m. to midnight Sept. 18 and from 11 a.m. to midnight Sept. 19. Sausage Fest raises money for Christ the King School.
This year’s event includes 25 games, ranging from the traditional hoop shoot to a new Angry Birds game.
A dozen booths serving more than 30 different foods also will be set up, along with indoor and outdoor biergartens, arts and crafts, bingo, a farmers market and dances for middle and high school students. The middle school dance is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18; the high school dance is from 9 to 11 p.m. Sept. 19.
Sausage Fest also is one of the premier showcases for local entertainers, with groups from dancers to a barbershop quartet set to take the stage.
The indoor biergarten will feature the country rock group Brothers Ride and the Sultana Dancers belly dancing group starting at 7 p.m. Sept. 18, and the band VooDoo Alley and Sultana Dancers starting at 7 p.m. Sept. 19.
The outdoor biergarten will feature Three Rivers Saxtette brass horns group, Mystic Mirage belly dancers and the Retro-Actives rock band starting at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 18 and acoustic musician Jack Rothwell followed by Mystic Mirage starting at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 19.
The Sausage Fest is the Tri-Cities’ third largest annual community event, behind only the Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo and Tri-City Water Follies.
Organizers expect about 30,000 people throughout the festival’s two days.
Admission is free, and food and game prices have remained low over the years. Game tickets are 25 cents each.
Donofrio said that’s part of the core of Sausage Fest. “It’s a really fun place to be and a great night out that doesn’t cost and arm and a leg,” she said.
IF YOU GO
What: The 39th annual Sausage Fest.
When: 5 p.m. to midnight Sept. 18 and 11 a.m. to midnight Sept. 19.
Where: Christ the King, 1111 Stevens Drive, Richland.
Cost: Admission is free.