OGDEN -- Good news for the fans of the annual Sneddon Hof Germanfest: It's still very much on.
Organizers of the event said that when Ogden's third annual Winterfest was canceled earlier this week because of a lack of snow, they were inundated with calls asking why the Germanfest had been canceled.
"There has been a lot of confusion," said Jim Harvey, general manager of Golden Spike Events Center. "But we want people to know we are absolutely still holding our festival."
The 26th annual event is set to take place today and Saturday in the exhibit hall at the Weber County Fairgrounds. The event runs from noon to 10 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m Saturday and features authentic German food, entertainment and craft booths.
The festival began when Ogden launched a sister city relationship with Hof, Germany, in 1954. Scott Sneddon, who served on the Ogden City Council from 1977 to 1989 and then as mayor of Ogden, initiated the first Hof festival as a way of revitalizing the sister city relationship.
The first event was a winter carnival at Union Station in 1986, and the festival was once called the "Sneddon Hof Winterfest," which is probably why many people were confused this year.
"We used to have the snowmobiling and the skijoring and all those kinds of things," Harvey said. "So the events were at one time kind of similar, but we are actually five miles down the road (from the Winterfest location) and in a nice, warm building."
Trudi Wangsgard, one of the Germanfest's organizers, said the event is usually well-attended.
This year's menu includes warm potato salad, cabbage slaw, Black Forest cake and wurst sausages. The Great Harvest Bread Co. is making puff pastries, and breads and various beers will be sold.
Three bands will perform, along with Weber State University's Institute of Religion's folk dancers.
"It's going to be a blast," Wangsgard said. "We don't want people to miss it."
Ticket prices for the event are $7/adult, $4/child, $6/students and seniors and $20/family pass. Tickets can be bought at the Golden Spike Event Center, 1000 N. 1200 West.
More information can be found at www.hofgermanfest.com.