Three Kings unique tradition in Our Town

By Anna Carrera

Published 07/31 2014 04:45PM

Updated 07/31 2014 05:31PM

TEUTOPOLIS -- A special tradition in Our Town involves the Three Kings in a way you've probably never seen before. The men visit families after the first of the year. They sing a German song accompanied by an accordion player and they have a great time doing it. WCIA-3's Anna Carrera has more.

"When we walk in, everybody smiles," said Roch Westendorf, who is one of the current Kings. "Everybody laughs and, when we walk in the place, everybody lights up."

The guys get all dressed up spreading holiday cheer.

"We usually do about 12 - 15 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday," said Westendorf. "Some of them, we just drop in if we see a bunch of cars in the driveway."

"When we first started out, I played the accordion, which I'm not worth a darn at," said Donald Broom, who is a former King. 

Many members play their parts for years, even decades. At the end of the song, one of the kings sweeps the bad luck out of your house.

"Sometimes we put it under the rug," said Broom. "Somebody would lift up the rug and we'd sweep it under there, leave it under there for next year."

It's a tradition they take seriously, but one they say is also a lot of fun.

"It is," said Westendorf. "Everybody comes back. We come back every year to a lot of houses and do the same thing to them so, I don't know if they accumulate bad luck or what."

The Three Kings say people usually welcome them with open arms, although one of them remembered a time someone pulled a gun on them. Luckily everyone was okay and they still got to do their song.

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