German Fasching Celebrations come to Grand Junction

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. The taste and spirit of a traditional German festival came to Grand Junction Sunday.

The German American Club's Fasching buffet brought out 100 people to dance to live German music and enjoy Eastern European food.

"We Germans are the largest ethnic group to settle America," said Jim Witt, President of the German American Club of the Western Slope. "We should all care about our heritage."

Fasching is called the German version of Mardi Gras.

It was originally a celebration for Catholics to enjoy their time before repenting for 40 days during Lent.

The German American Club uses proceeds from their events to support German language programs at area high schools as well as student exchange groups.

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