“We’re expecting attendance of more than 30,000 this year,” said
Festival Chair Timothy Pecsenye. “We are pleased to be
such a cherished fixture in our community, and especially happy
that this festival helps to support many philanthropic
programs.” The Festival funds the German and Swiss cultural
center in Oregon and a variety of scholarship, athletic and
other programs in the Toledo area.
The German-American Festival is synonymous with everything
German – great food, drinks and entertainment. Authentic German
food - from “Old World” style frankfurters and bratwurst to
Leberkas, Kasewurst and Schnitzel – is served up in astounding
quantities, along with all manner of side dishes and scrumptious
desserts. Wash it all down with an impressive selection of
German beers and wines, specialty drinks and soft drinks.
Enjoy continuous live music from three stages throughout the 10
acre wooded property. Featured bands this year include Austrian
Express from Milwaukee, and Phenix from Chicago. German polkas
and waltzes will showcase local and regional dance groups,
including the local Holzhacker Baum Schuhplattler and
Cleveland’s Schuhplatter the STV Bavaria.
The festival is also home to many exciting and fun contests,
games and rides, including:
Swiss Steinstossen stone throwing contest (Saturday and
Sunday at 3:00 p.m.)
Hummel Look-Alike Contest (Sunday afternoon)
Brezelessen pretzel eating contest (Saturday at 9:00 p.m.)
Masskrug beer stein holding contest (Friday and Saturday at
Soccer games (Saturday)
FESTIVAL HOURS: Friday, Aug. 24 – 6:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. (Parade
and Opening Ceremonies begin at 8:00 p.m.); Saturday, Aug. 25 –
2:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.; Sunday, Aug. 26 – Noon to 11:00 p.m.
(German language worship service at 10:30 a.m.)
to learn more about festival tickets and discounts, parking and
shuttles, special discounts and other details.