Photos by Jason Hawk | Amherst News-Times
Did you know Amherst’s history has strong ties to Germany? Immigrants seeking jobs at local sandstone quarries in the 1800s helped shape the community. Today, that cultural thumbprint remains — and is honored each year through the Amherst Historical Society’s German Fest, held Saturday at the Amherst Sandstone Village on Milan Avenue. Unfortunately, thunderstorms put a damper on the afternoon, keeping crowds small. Those who attended enjoyed horse rides, games, authentic German foods, magic by the Great Brad, and music by the Hank Haller Ensemble, Cleveland Donauschwabische Blaskapelle, and Amherst polka king Ed Klimczak.