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      Parishioners enjoy ethnic food

      Hundreds stopped by St. Paul the Apostleâ??s annual Fall Festival to try some ethnic cuisine.

      Guests waited in line for their turn to enjoy some ethnic foods at the Calumet church.

      "The cabbage rolls I'll really talk about; it's just a nice flavor mix of the ingredients: the cabbage and the sauerkraut they put on top, it's really good," said Karen Wagner.

      There were classic dishes from seven different countries including Slovenia, Croatia, France, and India.

      "I made the date nut breads and that went very well. My daughter made some of the pork pies," said Beth O'Brien, France booth.

      The festival started as an ethnic celebration when the churches in Calumet were consolidated more than 40 years ago. Now it's turned into a venue, bringing the communities together over food and baked treats.

      "It's been an all-around good adventure for us being new to the area; to just jump and start baking and selling, meeting people at the bake sale," said Maryelyn Geisler, bake sale coordinator.

      The festival is also the only fundraiser they have. So each ticket sold is 50 cents towards helping the church.

      "We have to get a new dishwasher. So it basically goes into the revenue stream so that we can make needed repairs because this is a very old church and so there's always something that needs to be done," said Pat Trudell, festival coordinator.

      Each year they raise around $8,000, and they hope to do the same this year.

      "It's a great get-together. People come down here they talk, they meet, they socialize. They have a chance to just enjoy themselves for an afternoon," said Karen Labonte.