Michelle Eubank (left) gets sautéed onions with Sharon Burnham during the Everett Sausage Fest in 2017. The 42nd annual event kicks off Friday and runs through the weekend. It offers a secret recipe of sauerkraut, homemade German sausage, hand-dipped corn dogs and more. (Kevin Clark / Herald file)

Michelle Eubank (left) gets sautéed onions with Sharon Burnham during the Everett Sausage Fest in 2017. The 42nd annual event kicks off Friday and runs through the weekend. It offers a secret recipe of sauerkraut, homemade German sausage, hand-dipped corn dogs and more. (Kevin Clark / Herald file)

Fill up on German grub at Everett Sausage Fest this weekend

The Bavarian-themed festival is Sept. 28-30 on the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church grounds.

German grub like this only comes around once a year.

No, seriously.

The founders of the Everett Sausage Fest have served homemade sausages and sauerkraut made from a secret recipe since the inaugural festival in 1977.

The Bavarian-themed festival is Friday, Saturday and Sunday on the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church grounds in Everett.

“You can come up as a customer to buy a pack to either put in the fridge and save it for the Super Bowl,” said Eric Wilkins, chairman of the festival. “But you won’t find that particular sauerkraut recipe from Sophie Schmidt on the shelves.”

Not in the mood for sauerkraut? There also will be barbecue chicken and salmon, elephant ears, banh mi sandwiches, hamburgers, corn dogs, burritos and tacos, corn on the cob, french fries, egg rolls and root beer floats.

The 42nd annual festival — one of the longest running in Everett — also includes live music, carnival rides, arts and crafts, raffle prizes, a beer and wine garden and kids activities.

Proceeds benefit the Immaculate Conception Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, on the corner of Everett Avenue and Cedar Street. The festival generally raises around $80,000 per year, but this year’s aim is $100,000, Wilkins said.

New to the festival is the Everett Idol Contest, scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday on the Family Stage, where the top karaoke singers from local bars will compete for the title of Everett Idol Champion.

In addition, an open jam featuring Lynn Sorensen, bassist for the regional favorite cover band Spike & the Impalers, is an opportunity for local musicians not on this year’s festival lineup to play in front of a crowd.

Kids activities include face painting, free throws, football toss, fishing and spin art.

The raffle drawing will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday. The grand prize is $2,500. Second prize is $1,000, third is $750 and fourth prize is $500. Raffle tickets are $2 each, five for $10 or a book of 10 for $20. You need not be present to win.

A shuttle bus will run every 20 minutes from the south parking lot of the Everett Transit Center, 3225 Cedar St., Everett.

Evan Thompson: 360-544-2999, ethompson @heraldnet.com. Twitter: @evanthompson_1.

If you go

What: Everett Sausage Fest

Where: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 2619 Cedar St., Everett

When: Noon to midnight Friday and Saturday, noon to 7 p.m. Sunday

Cost: Free

More: 425-312-5086 or www.everettsausagefest.com

Everett Sausage Fest

Here is the festival’s entertainment schedule for Friday, Saturday and Sunday:

Friday

Beer Garden

5:30 p.m.: Mas Tequila

7 p.m.: Groove Nation

8:30 p.m.: Spike & The Impalers

10:30 p.m.: The Retros

Family Stage

4 p.m.: Billy Mac

5:30 p.m.: Immaculate Conception Talent Show

7 p.m.: Shane Cobane (Elvis tribute)

8 p.m.: JC and His Invisible Band

9 p.m.: Kevin MacCulley

Saturday

Beer Garden

4 p.m.: Washed in Black

6 p.m.: Spazmatics

7:15 p.m.: Afrodisiacs

8:30 p.m.: Michelle Taylor

10:30 p.m.: Hair Nation

Family Stage

Noon: Applause Dance Studio

1 p.m.: Reptile Isle

2 p.m.: Baile Folklore Colibri

5 p.m.: Alderwood Dance Spectrum

6 p.m.: Northwest Swing

7 p.m.: Everett Idol Contest

Sunday

Beer Garden

Noon: Sports Bar Experience

3 p.m.: Powercell Open Jam

Family Stage

Noon: Reptile Isle

1:30 p.m.: The Choral Aires

3 p.m.: Reptile Isle

4 p.m.: Pink Zebras Cheer

6 p.m.: Raffle drawing

9 p.m.: Kevin MacCulley

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