Witches, ghouls and little bumble bees were found wandering down Main Street to celebrate the 60th year of Cider Time. A tradition that started with the local Lion’s Club, back in 1955, is now sponsored by the Sons of the American Legion and the Village of New Bremen Parks Department and New Bremen EMS.
Cider Time begins with a parade led by the American Legion, Police Chief and Fire Engine down Main Street to the Crown Pavilion where the attendees are welcomed with donuts and apple cider. The children join in some friendly competition for 'best of' in ten different categories including: 'Witches & Clowns', 'Scariest', 'Most Unique' and 'Cardinal Spirit'.
The 2015 event was a record crowd. While the number of children and parents are not actually counted, the same amount of candy is purchased each year. This year required a quick run to Wagner’s IGA to replenish the contest participation prize. “We definitely had a larger turnout this year. We have never run out of candy before.“, said Mayor Jeff Pape, representing the ‘Sons of the American Legion’.