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Taking Place at Oak Shade Grove in Oregon,
August 22, 23
Annual German-American Festival
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23, 2013 - 6:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Opening Ceremonies will be held at 8:00 PM
the Fest Zelt
24, 2013 -
2:00 PM to 1:00 AM
25, 2013 -
12:00 Noon to 11:00 PM
German Church Service Starts at 10:30 a.m.
Future Festival Dates: August 22 -
24, 2014; August 28 - 30, 2015; August 26 - 28, 2016
All alcohol sales end at Midnight Friday and Saturday.
Liquor available on
Copy of the Festival Information Sheet
- updated 8-6-2013
The German-American Festival, the
area’s Oldest, Largest and Greatest Ethnic Festival with authentic German Food,
Beer, and Entertainment. Festival organizers expect upward from 30,000 paid
The Festival is operated by the G.A.F. Society,
recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a
charitable organization. It is
sponsored by the seven German- and Swiss-American Societies in Toledo.
The purpose of the German-American Festival is to promote and enhance
the German and Swiss cultures as well as generates revenue to support the German
and Swiss cultural center in Oregon and a wide variety of scholarship, athletic and
other philanthropic programs in the
Oak Shade Grove, 3624 Seaman Road, Oregon, Ohio, just ½ mile east of Coy Road.
Friday, August 23, 2013: 6:00
p.m. – 1:00 a.m. (Parade and Opening Ceremonies begin at 8:00 p.m.)
Saturday, August 24,
2013: 2:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
25, 2013: 12:00 Noon – 11:00 p.m. with a German Language worship service at 10:30
(Alcohol sales cease at 12:00
midnight on Friday and Saturday nights. Wine and Liquor available on Sunday)
General admission: $7.00 per person. Children 12 years of age and under admitted
at no charge all weekend when accompanied by a parent or guardian.
$6 Discount Advance
Purchase Admission Tickets & GAF Shuttle Tickets are available for online
purchase at www.germanamericanfestival.net or www.gafsociety.org/fest.htm.
Save time and avoid lines at the entrance
gates, buy tickets in advance and online, print at home and save! Two day ($10)
and three day ($15) admission passes available only online.
Discount Advance Purchase
Admission Tickets & GAF Shuttle Tickets
are also available at Bar 145, 5305 Monroe St.; Berger’s Olde Tyme, 1742
W. Laskey; Shawn’s Irish Tavern, 4400 Heatherdowns, 7436 W. Bancroft St. and 105
St. in Waterville; Manhattan’s Restaurant, 1516 Adams St., The Attic on Adams,
1701 Adams St., Wesley’s Bar & Grill, 1201 Adams St. and the Ottawa Tavern, 1817
Adams St. in the Toledo Uptown area; Ye Olde Cock n’ Bull Tavern, 9 N. Huron St.
in Downtown; Kilgus Choice Meats, 3346 W. Laskey Rd.; Ventura’s Original Mexican
Cantina, 7742 W. Bancroft St.; Anchor Inn, 4950 Suder Ave. and Mayfly Tavern,
4532 N. Summit St. in Point Place;
Tres Belle Wine & Martini Lounge, 3145 Hollister Ln. in Levis Commons,
Holiday Inn Express, 3154 Navarre Ave. and Icons
Eatery and Entertainment, 3150 Navarre Ave. in Oregon and Tank’s Meats, 3355
Ohio 51 in Elmore.
Special Sunday Discounts:
military, police, fire, or EMS personnel will
be admitted at no charge (with proof of employment) on Sunday.
Senior citizens’ with Golden Buckeye card or equivalent will be admitted
for $1 discount from general admission on Sunday at the gate.
$6.00 GAF Shuttle ticket purchase, as well as
free parking and shuttle pick-up and drop-off locations
at eight Toledo-area locations.
Shuttle tickets also available at Shawn’s Irish
Tavern, 4400 Heatherdowns 7436 W. Bancroft St. and 105
S. Third St. in Waterville; Manhattan’s Restaurant, 1516
Adams St., Wesley’s Bar & Grill, 1201 Adams St. and the
Ottawa Tavern, 1817 Adams St. in the Toledo Uptown area;
Kilgus Choice Meats, 3346 W. Laskey Rd.; Tank’s Meats,
3355 Ohio 51 in Elmore; Ventura’s Mexican Cantina, 7742
W. Bancroft St.; and Holiday Inn Express, 3154 Navarre
Ave. and Icons Eatery and Entertainment, 3150 Navarre
Ave. in Oregon. Icons provides a complimentary shuttle
tickets online and print at home at
Bar 145, 5305 Monroe St.
(use Hobby Lobby Lot for parking)
Shuttle ticket locations & departure locations:
Berger’s Olde Tyme, 1742 W.
2901 Key St.
Mayfly Tavern, 4532 N.
Summit St. in Point Place
Anchor Inn, 4950 Suder Ave.
in Point Place
The Attic on Adams, 1701
Adams St. in
Ye Olde Cock n’ Bull Tavern,
9 N Huron St. in Downtown Toledo
Tres Belle Wine & Martini Lounge, 3145 Hollister Ln. in Levis Commons,
Icons Eatery and Entertainment, 3150 Navarre Ave. in Oregon provides a complimentary shuttle
service on Friday – 6:00 p.m. to close; Saturday – 2:00 p.m. to close; & Sunday
– noon to close.
Shuttle Departure Times:
Friday, August 23 – 6:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Saturday, August 24 – 4:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Last shuttle departs from departure locations to Festival Grounds at
10:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Last GAF shuttle departs from Festival Grounds at 1:00 a.m.
Special Sunday Shuttle: Sunday,
August 25 – 2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. from Bar 145 only.
Last shuttle departs from Bar 145 on Sunday at 7:00
p.m. Last shuttle departs from Festival
Grounds at 11:00 p.m.
(see Festival_Entertainment for more entertainment activities)
Continuous live music
at 3 stages from local Germanic and ethnic bands, our strolling button box
artist from Germantown,
Wisc. And “The Brothers Grimm” strolling musicians from the Detroit area.
Our featured bands are
Austrian Express from Milwaukee, Wisc. and
Alpen Echos from
Large 56’ by 40’ wooden
dance floor (in the Fest Zelt – the main tent: a 100 foot by 265 foot clear
span tent with no poles! Made in Germany, just
like at the Oktoberfest!) for dancing enjoyment, plus other dance floors on the
Over 70 acres of free, lighted parking
with people movers to deliver you to the main entrance gate on
Parking areas can be entered from Starr Avenue,
Corduroy Road or Seaman Street.
People movers operate continuously in a 27 acre parking area accessible
from Seaman Road
or Corduroy Road. Other entrance
gates are accessible from Starr or Seaman lots.
Rain or shine parking at
Elementary School, Fassett Middle School and Clay High School
(East lot) lots with complimentary shuttle bus service between these lots and
the Festival grounds. Shuttles
operate continuously during Festival hours.
The Festival is spread over
10 wooded acres providing an
authentic German atmosphere.
Handicapped parking available
from Seaman Road.
Free handicapped shuttle on Festival grounds.
Festival grounds are handicapped accessible including lawn areas, gravel
Shuttle bus service
from eight Toledo-area parking lots deliver you right to the gate and safely
return you to your car.
Taxi Cab stand In the
interest of public safety, Back & White Cab and the German-American Festival are
teaming up! Show proof that you’ve
taken a Black & White Cab to one of the Festival’s many shuttle locations or the
Festival site and you’ll receive $5.00 worth of food or beverages tickets.
Proof of purchase is required so please bring your receipt.
Get your tickets at the Guest Services tent!
Also, there is now a Taxi area: use the East gate, by the bus pickup and
you can access cabs!
with parade featuring colorful costumes and pageantry through the Festival
How fast can you eat soft, baked pretzels?
Join the Brezelessen (pretzel eating) competition! In the Hofbräuhalle on
Saturday at 9:00 p.m.
The goal is simple:
Lift and hold a 1 liter stein, filled with beer, straight out with your arm
level to the ground!
which translates loosely to the lifting of a liter mug of beer, is a well-known
and a competitive Bavarian sport. The “Masskrug,” a 1 Liter Stein is held with
one arm, completely stretched out and parallel to the floor!
The current U.S.
record is 14 minutes, 7 seconds! Contest starts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and
Hummel Look-Alike Contest
is a contest for all children from 2 to 10 years of age by pre-application.
The children dress like the famous Hummel figurines with prizes awarded
for the most authentic look-alike.
This is the longest running similar contest in the
Schwabenhalle Outdoor Pavilion renamed the Hofbräuhalle
features rain or shine entertainment throughout the day and evening.
Old World-style outdoor Bier & Wein Garten
under the trees will feature large umbrella tables.
A wooden dance floor with continuous German polkas and waltzes featured
there. Watch for special
performances by our folklore dance group – the Holzhacker Buam Schuhplattler –
as well as other folklore dance groups from the Midwest.
Watch for our special guest Schuhplatter: the STV “Bavaria”
from Cleveland, Ohio.
Designated Driver Program
Services Booth will again have coupons which can be purchase by “Designated
Drivers” to be used for three discounted soft drinks to enjoy while visiting the
Festival. The cost is $3.00 which will give the “Designated Driver” 3 coupons
for a 20 oz. soft drink of your choice at any Pop booth on the grounds.
Must be age 21 and over.
Raffle – A
super 50/50 raffle with prizes will be awarded each evening and final drawing on
Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. Winners
need not be present. Tickets are 3 for $5.
include rides such as:
Scooter(bumper cars), Paratrooper, Sizzler,
Funhouse, Super slide, Ferris wheel, Merry-go-round, Barrels of fun, Cartoon
train, Mini-enterprise, Tilt-a-whirl, Fire trucks, Whale ride, and Monkey bounce
and the young at heart all weekend.
All Day Ride pass and discounted
painting and clowns – Saturday and Sunday
Swiss Steinstossen –
Centuries old authentic Swiss stone throwing contest.
In this competition, men and women will throw large stones (138 pounds
and 75 pounds, respectively) in a designated area and the winner will be the one
throwing his or her stone the longest distance.
Prizes will be awarded on both categories.
Entry in this event is open to the public.
(The Ohio women’s record was
set right here at the 2007 German-American Festival!)
No pre-entry required.
Contests start at 3:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.
Soccer game and matches
Glockenspiel – While
it’s not exactly like the famous
Glockenspiel in Munich,
and enjoy a live version – a popular attraction!
Performance on the hour above the Wein Bar.
German-language Worship Service
– Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. with special music by our own Teutonia Männerchor
& Damenchor and Toledo Swiss Singers.
Free admission to Festival after the Service.
Master woodcarver Berndt Fehrenbach
will be displaying Black Forest
Cuckoo clocks and other wares.
the place to get your souvenirs and heritage items.
Set back off the main walkway, Mitzi’s Hütte is located between the
Hofbräuhalle and the Swiss Essen Haus.
You will find our exclusive mascot raccoon made for us by Build-a-Bear
year we have a 0.5 Liter Mug that comes with a lanyard on a Carbineer.
Also we have the Spirit Titanium Necklace in our German colors among a variety
of other colors including the Cancer Awareness Pink and White in necklace and
bracelet. Shirts for all ages, aprons, magnets, bibs, ball caps,
biergarten stein covers, which fit our mugs, are just a few among the many items
for sale. Be
sure to stop at
Mitzi’s Hütte and get the
spirit of the Fest!
features German wearables and souvenirs by Bavarian Specialties of Frankenmuth,
Credit Cards –
credit/debit cards can be used throughout the Festival grounds.
Sidewalk Café – enjoy
Kuchen, Strudels, cookies, and a variety of other homemade pastries.
This is a very pleasant and relaxing place to sit down at a cozy table to
enjoy your favorite dessert and coffee.
German Cookie Baking Contest on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Submit entry to the Sidewalk Café (along with the recipe) on the day of
Lebkuchenherz – our
own homemade, hand decorated gingerbread hearts – just like at the Oktoberfest
Haus – Indoor/outdoor Swiss Bäckerei
featuring many types of European-style and imported cheeses, breads, and meats.
Sausages, sandwiches and roast pork dinners are made to order.
How fast can you eat 8 ounces of Swiss
Cheese? Join the competition on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. in the Swiss
Maxi-Cooker – in
order to ensure that each of the thousands of chickens served at the
German-American Festival is perfectly cooked, we have a chicken cooker with
state of the art controls.
Potato Pancakes –
enjoy hand made potato pancakes made the old German way.
– masterfully made in front of you, served on a Kaiser roll.
And plenty of other food items
– smoked ham shanks, Bratwurst, jalapeño Wurst, smoked Wurst, Brat patty
sandwiches, pretzels, funnel cakes, Leberkäs platters,
Sauerkraut, cheddar Wurst, hand made potato salad, Sauerkraut balls, hand cut
Pommes Frites, ice cream, cream puffs, pickles, landjäger, sweet corn and
freshly popped popcorn!
Our special Bratwurst
– made with Swiss cheese and mushrooms!!
Our light beer: Labatt Blue Light and from Germany our featured beers:
Warsteiner Pilsner, Warsteiner Dunkel (Dark), Warsteiner Oktoberfest, König
König Ludwig Dunkel
Spaten Premium Lager, Spaten Dunkel (Dark),
Spaten Oktoberfest, Spaten Optimator, Franziskaner Weissbier, Franziskaner
Dunkel (Dark), Hofbräu Dunkel, Hofbräu Original, Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier, and
Hofbräu Hefeweizen. Our other great
imported beers are: Augustiner Maximator (Dark), Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier
Märzen, Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche Doppelbock, Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock,
Ayinger Oktoberfest Bier, Ayinger Weizenbock, Ayinger Dunkel (Dark), Berliner
Weisse 1809, Bitburger, Hacker-Pschorr München, Hacker-Pschorr Weisse, Kaiserdom
Pilsner, König Ludwig Oktoberfest Special,
Julius Echter Hefe
Weiss, Julius Echter Dunkel Weiss, Gratzer Smoked Wheat,
Leipziger Gose, Paulaner
Lager, Paulaner Premium Pils, Paulaner Oktoberfest, Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier,
Paulaner Salvator, Erdinger Hefe, Köstritzer Schwarzbier, Reissdorf Kolsch,
Schneider Aventinus Eisbock, and George Schneider’s Wiesen Edel Weisse (an
organic Bier), Schneider Unser Aventinus, Schneider Weisse, Tucher
Kristallweizen, and Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier, served in the German Bier
Garten and throughout the Festival!
We proudly feature one
of the largest collections of German beers at any Festival (more than the famed
Oktoberfest in Germany!)!
Returning in 2013 is the German
Bier Tour – obtain a Bier Tour card, have your card stamped and receive a Bier
Our featured cocktails:
Imagine a drink that looks like a German flag!
So schmeckt Deutschland – a taste
And our signature drink,
the German Chocolate Cupcake! It tastes
just like everyones’ favorite: German’s™
Chocolate Cake – oh so tasty!
Our wine list includes:
Schlink Haus Auslese, Kabinett, Dornfelder,
Riesling QbA and Spätlese, Schmitt Sohne Piesporter; and Sutter Home Chardonnay
and Moscato. Returning in 2013: Der deutsche Wein-Flug – sample six great German
wine varieties to help you find the one you enjoy the most (Saturday & Sunday only)!
Our soft drink
We proudly serve Pepsi products including: Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Mountain Dew,
Sierra Mist, Diet Sierra Mist, Ginger Ale, Brisk Tea/Lemon, Brisk Lemon-Aid,
Life Water - Assorted Flavors, Frappacino - French Vanilla & Mocha and Aquafina
Give Trash the Boot!
Returning in 2013! Plastic boot shaped souvenirs for you to take home.
Drinking from a boot or Stiefel is a long-time German tradition.
Made popular in the film „Beerfest!“
Speaking of recycling:
of the last 5 years our Festival has attempted to keep more and more waste out
of the landfills; patrons are reminded to place recyclables in the appropriate
containers which are present on the Festival Grounds.
In the more recent years, we at doing our best to compost more and more
items, potatoes peelings, corn husks, etc., each year adding additional
Opening ceremony with
the visual attention of the opening parade featuring colorful costumes and
The background and
purpose of the seven German-speaking societies sponsoring the Festival.
German-American Festival came to be the oldest and largest ethnic festival in
the Toledo-area, as well as one of the largest in this part of the
The Festival is regularly
voted as the Best Ethnic Festival in the Toledo area by the readers of the Toledo City
Paper. 15 out of last 16 years.
Winner of the 2011 Prism
Award of the Eastern Maumee
Bay Chamber of Commerce
Regularly named in blogs
such as: 50 Things To Do With Kids in Toledo, Ohio
How a child prepares
for the Hummel contest.
Volume of food and
beverages served at past Festivals (see statistics on next page).
Interviews with cooks in the Festival Kitchen.
What it means to
volunteer at the Festival.
Tons of authentic
German potato salad being made by volunteers – every ounce is peeled & cut by
Erecting the main tent
Timothy Pecsenye, Festival Chairman
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