Waynesville’s Sauerkraut Festival draws big crowds for annual fundraiser

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WAYNESVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) – Streets were packed in Waynesville Saturday for the Sauerkraut Festival. The 47th annual event generates big bucks for local charities.

Waynesville is a town of just 3,000 people, but it’s Sauerkraut Festival draws in a crowd of roughly 400,000 people–making it one of the town’s biggest economic drivers.

“It’s been a fantastic day,” Festival Executive Director Dawn Schroeder said. “At the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival. We had a great crowd. We had great crafts.”

Every year, the event is made up of roughly 400 vendors, many of them serving signature Sauerkraut dishes, like sauerkraut cookies and brownies.

All of the money generated from the food sales goes back in the pockets of local non-profits. Many local organizations depend on this festival every year as their main fundraiser.

A little over a half-a-million dollars is raised throughout both days of the festival. Dawn Schroeder says the event wouldn’t be possible without the dozens of volunteers who help put it together.

“It’s strictly run on volunteers,” Schroeder said. “It helps our local non-profits. It helps our downtown. It helps the Waynesville area chamber of commerce and it just kind of supplements this area for the year.”

If you didn’t get a chance to make it to the festival Saturday, you can still catch it Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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