Terrifying ghouls, ghosts and monsters, winding hallways and spooky dark corners await you at ScaritageFest! Fridays and Saturdays, Oct 20 through Oct 28, and Tuesday, Oct 31. Admission is $5 for each attraction. Halloween costumes are encouraged and large groups are welcome. There are two separate attractions to ScaritageFest:

Haunted Theater: designed and operated by more than 35 local actors and technicians, it offers a sprawling attraction of props and special effects populated with an undead army of zombies and unrested souls.

Haunted Door Maze: a frightening indoor labyrinth packed with beasts ready to terrorize anyone coming their way.

The actual State Street Theater here in New Ulm is as creepy as it gets, as it was a school auditorium that opened in 1938 and had an evil janitor, Walter, who was never caught and brought to justice. Does he haunt the halls of the school to this day? Among the rooms you’ll explore are Walter’s workshop, the boiler room, and even the janitor’s student holding cell.

Legend also has it that over 75 years ago a young actor was released from his leading role before opening night. Distraught, he left town to live with his grandmother and has never been seen again…until now. Current restoration efforts of the theater might have stirred up his wandering soul to wreak havoc on all who enter.




Fenske Tribute Cabaret

New Ulm is known for its volunteers, but seldom is there a couple who have had as much of an impact on so many organizations as did Barb and Bruce Fenske! In appreciation of their many efforts, five New Ulm non-profits are sponsoring a tribute Saturday, November 11, 2017, commencing at 5:30 p.m., at the State Street Theater. The evening will consist of a social hour featuring appetizers catered by Gutes Essen, a cash beer and wine bar, and donated gourmet cupcakes. A special video featuring a collage of photos of the Fenskes, their families, and their community activities will be a feature of the evening. A good friend of the Fenskes, Crista Bohlmann, is donating her talents for the evening festivities, bringing the Hootenanny Annies for the musical enjoyment of guests. The children, siblings and other relatives will be guests of the sponsors.

Each of the host organizations experienced the contributions of Bruce and/or Barb over the years. Barb served on the task force whose efforts resulted in the formation of the ISD 88 Foundation. Bruce was an early supporter of that initiative. Barb’s teaching career with ISD 88 spanned 35 years, during which time she was the coordinator for the annual United Way Drive within the entire district. Barb was key in establishing the Gifted and Talented program. Bruce served on the task force that addressed formation of the ISD 88 Foundation. At the time of his death, Bruce was involved with others of the hosts. He was on the board of the New Ulm Area Foundation and was a key fundraiser for them during their “Match” campaign.

Given Barb’s long and courageous bout with cancer, the New Ulm Medical Center and particularly the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute played a key role in their lives. They were friends of the foundation, Bruce hosting one of the social hours for its gala event the last few years, something he always looked forward to. Shortly after Barb’s passing, Bruce was recruited to the Oak Hills Memorial Foundation Board, and after just one year, became its president and Chair. He could be counted on to help with their two significant fund-raisers each year.

And finally, as a board member and investor, Bruce played a significant role in the purchase of the former ISD 88 Administration Building, its subsequent sale to a developer and the gifting of the theater to State Street Theater Co.  He did so because Barb had long had an interest in community theater, even playing the role of Sr. Amnesia in “Nunsense” among other musical efforts, and because four generations of the Fenske family had walked the halls of that campus. At the time of his death, Bruce was the co-chair of the Theater’s Capital Campaign Cabinet, helping with fund-raising for the ultimate improvements to the building, knowing that doing so will help restore the theater to the gem it is. Bruce’s career with the newspaper industry was a lifelong love, including a stint on the board and as chair of the Minnesota Newspaper Association. They were a joy to their neighbors, active members and leaders at United Church of Christ, the Sisters Cities program, Junior Pioneers, New Ulm Club, and other groups.

INVITATION: Download the formal invitation HERE.
COST: $25 per person. The amount is not meant as a fundraiser, but simply to cover costs in recognizing this deserving couple.


  • Online – click HERE
  • In person – at the New Ulm Chamber of Commerce office
  • By mail – Fenske Tribute Event, PO Box 493, New Ulm, MN 56073 (make check payable to “SSTC-Fenske Tribute”)
  • NOTE – Due to limited seating, there will be no tickets for sale at the door

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