Blast starts Sunday with polka service

Service packs the tent

Mollie B and The Squeezebox led a nondenominational polka service Sunday morning under the August Schell Tent at Bavarian Blast.

Mollie B and The Squeezebox led a nondenominational polka service Sunday morning under the August Schell Tent at Bavarian Blast.

NEW ULM — The August Schell Tent was packed Sunday morning for the newly-added Polka Service at Bavarian Blast.

Mollie B performed polka songs praising God, read from the bible and gave a self-styled sermon about Gemütlichkeit and God during the hour-long service.

“I am very driven by the Lord and my heart is in the Lord so anything I can do to praise him and to bring him more honor, I want to and (Sunday) was awesome,” Mollie said.

Many of the songs overlaid hymnal lyrics on top of familiar polka tunes like “Roll Out the Barrel.” The readings were purposefully pulled from sections of the Bible often read during Lutheran service and Catholic mass.

The nondenominational nature of the service struck a chord with some visitors like Ron Watson from Sioux Falls.

The streets were lined with chairs, blankets, and candy-seeking kids Sunday during the Bavarian Blast Parade.

The streets were lined with chairs, blankets, and candy-seeking kids Sunday during the Bavarian Blast Parade.

Husband and wife John and Joni Anderson, also from Sioux Falls, described the service as “wonderful” and said they would return if Mollie B did it again next year.

When the Bavarian Blast Board of Directors asked Mollie to do the service on top of music, she immediately agreed, Mollie said.

She added that it was exciting and she takes any opportunity to spread understanding of Christianity and God.

“I think sometimes in traditional churches you can lose it (understanding), it is not meant be lost, they do not mean to lose it but sometimes it does get lost unfortunately and just to remind people this why we do the sign of peace, this is why we read from the bible, this is where this reading came from and that is really important to me and once they (parishioners) know that it is more importance for them as well,” Mollie said.

If she were asked to return for the service next year, she would definitely like to come back, Mollie said.

Sunday afternoon was the big even: the parade. 94 entries participated, though some had multiple vehicles.

That should be an increase over last year’s roughly 70 units, Parade Coordinator Shawn Jakes said, citing paperwork.

“The parade today went awesomely smooth,” Jakes said. “The team that we had, that we got together on very short notice was very hardworking and very organized.”

The parade took about 90 minutes to pass the first section of its route. Some floats included: a giant grocery cart, a tall Grim Reaper costume and Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz.

Jakes thanked everyone involved in the parade and Bavarian Blast in general.

“Hats off, we appreciate all of the board members and all of the people that are not titled that give their time,” Jakes said.

ccummiskey@nujournal.com

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