Ninth Annual Beet Festival

It was a “BIG” day for the Beet Festival in Sonnenberg Village. The Festival saw the biggest beet ever, 27 pounds, the biggest crowd ever, the best weather ever and the best music ever, including a new “Beet Song” rendition. The vendors had a good day and many of the visitors took time to visit all of the buildings which were opened and hosted by members of the Kidron Community Historical Society.

The prize winners were:

27 pound beet

Largest Lutz Beet, Ivan Weaver, 27 pounds

Largest Lutz Beet, Ivan Weaver, Kidron, 27 pounds

Largest Organic Lutz Beet, Judie Nussbaum, Kidron, 26 pounds

Most Luscious Lutz Beet, Larry Geiser, Kidron

Best Heirloom Beet, Betty Weaver, Kidron, Bull’s Blood

Best Appetizer/Side, Kelly Kittredge, Bolivar, Beet Soup

Best Salad, Denise Kyrah, Shreve, Beet jello cubes

Best Dessert. Timothy Orphanides, Massillon, Beet Cake

A special thanks goes to our judges: Rita Shisler and Karen Geiser.

Central Christian Schools Community Service Day

group from Central Christian ChurchIt was a beautiful day on Friday for four students and one teacher to arrive in the Village for the Central Christian Community Service Day. We were very grateful for the help. We also had eight other adult volunteers for the day and we were able to accomplish quite a bit in the Village.

While the students cleaned up the grounds and made the Village ready for winter, other students and adults volunteers moved lumber and worked on the porch roof for the Bixler House. We were able to accomplish everything we had scheduled, including completing the porch roof for the Bixler House and siding the back of the house as well.

Hymn Sing December 10th

We are so excited about the Christmas Hymn Sing set for November 10th in the Welcome Center, it will bring the old Sonnenberg Church to life again at the Christmas season.

The evening will begin at 7 pm with a 20 minute concert by the Central Christian Varsity Singers directed by Tim Shue. Following will be a 10 minute intermission.

Beginning at 7:30 pm the Kidron, Salem and Sonnenberg Churches will lead a Christmas Hymn Sing.  The leaders will take requests from the audience.

What a wonderful evening this will be.


We have just received notice that the contractor awarded the bid by the State will begin replacing the bridge on Kidron Road on the Square in Kidron immediately south of Emerson Road on September 21st.  The project is to expected to last 50 to 60 days.

Both the Heritage Center and Sonnenberg Village are accessible from Emerson Road and both north and south on Kidron Road. The area is open for local traffic but through traffic is encouraged to use the posted detours routes.

Beet Festival Entries

Entries for the 2017 Kidron Beet Festival will be accepted starting at 9:30 am and close at 11:00 am when judging begins.  They are:


Largest Lutz Beet

Largest Organic Lutz Beet

Most Luscious Lutz Beet

Best Heirloom Beet


Best Appetizer/Side

Best Salad

Best Dessert

Kidron Beet Festival Schedule October 21st

9:30 am  Beet Registration opens

10:00 am Band Wagon begins (near Tschantz Cabin)

10:00 am Food Vendors open

10:00 am All buildings in Sonnenberg Village open

10:30 am Live music begins

11:00 Beet registration closes, Judging begins

12:00 noon Beet Contest winners announced

3:30 pm Buildings close, music ends, the Festival ends



Crafting a wooden bowl

Local craftsman Tim Shue demonstrating the art of wooden bowl making at the Sonnenberg Homecoming.

The 10th Annual Sonnenberg Homecoming saw a nice crowd and perfect weather this year. It was a nice time to visit with old friends and new. Also, visitors had sneak preview of the Bixler House and the progress inside and outside.

9th Annual Red Beet Festival

Save the date: October 21st, a Saturday, from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm.

The 9th Annual Kidron Red Beet Festival will again take place in Sonnenberg Village, Kidron.   Although the Festival is not sponsored by either the Sonnenberg Village or the Kidron Historical Society, the organizers have held the Festival in the Village for the past three years.

So, please check this site for the schedule to be published soon so that you will not miss a beet!



With the help of the rain earlier this summer and now the heat and sun, the Heirloom Garden is doing very well. This is the first year we have used raised beds and it seems to be working by keeping the strong-willed weeds at bay. We do not use any insecticides or weed killers in the garden.

Below are the plants in the Garden this year:

White pumpkins


Yellow Banana peppers

Dragon Tongue beans

Tongues of Fire Bush Shell beans

Vermont Cranberry Bush Shell beans

Bulls Blood beets

Crosby’s Egyptian beets

Detroit beets

Roma Tomato

Brussels Sprout

Purple Potatoes