Algona Nativity Opens for 71st Season

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ALGONA, Iowa -- This week the Algona Nativity opened to the public for its Christmas run.

The half-sized characters were the creation of 6 Prisoners of War held in Algona during World War II.

One of the prisoners, Eduard Kaib was missing his family in Germany late in 1944, decided to construct a small nativity scene to remind him of home.

The camp officials liked the nativity so much they asked him to make a larger one for the Christmas of 1945.

Six men built half-sized figures from wood, cement and plaster. They painted the faces and clothing.

When the war ended the nativity made by the prisoners stayed in Algona.

"When the war ended they had no way of taking it back to Europe Algona fell in love with it," said Marvin Chickering, who heads the church committee which takes care of the Nativity. "It’s a labor of love for all of us, it takes 97 volunteers to come in for 2 hour time slots in the month of December."

You can check the Algona Nativity Scene website here.

It is open at the Kossuth County Fairgrounds:

Sunday and Christmas Day: Noon-8 p.m.

Monday-Saturday: 2-8 p.m.

New Year's Eve: Close at 6 p.m.