51st Annual German-American Festival
Please refer to the GAF Marketing Page for the most current Festival Information
August 26, 2016 - 6:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Opening Ceremonies 8:00 PM
in the Fest Zelt
August 27, 2016 - 2:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Future Festival Dates:
All alcohol sales end at Midnight Friday and Saturday.
Liquor available on
GERMAN-AMERICAN FESTIVAL INFORMATION SHEET
50th GERMAN-AMERICAN FESTIVAL
The 51st German-American Festival, the
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
The purpose of the German-American Festival is
to promote and enhance the German and Swiss cultures, as well as generate
revenue to support the German and Swiss cultural center in
Oak Shade Grove, 3624 Seaman Road, Oregon,
Ohio, just ½ mile east of Coy Road.
Friday, August 26, 2016: 6:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. (Parade and Opening Ceremonies begin at 8:00 p.m.)
Saturday, August 27, 2016: 2:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Sunday, August 28, 2016: 12:00 Noon – 11:00 p.m. with a German Language worship service at 10:30 a.m.
(Alcohol sales cease at 12:00 midnight on Friday and Saturday nights. Beer, Wine and Liquor available on Sunday)
ADMISSION: General admission: $8.00 per person. Children 12 years of age and under admitted at no charge all weekend when accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Advance Purchase Admission Tickets & $6.00 GAF Shuttle Tickets are available
for online purchase at www.germanamericanfestival.net or
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.
Advance Purchase Admission Tickets & $7.00 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 S.
Third 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;
Rocky’s Bar, 4020 Secor Rd.; 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; Belle Wine
& Martini Lounge, 3145 Hollister Ln. in Levis Commons, in Perrysburg and Icons Eatery and Entertainment,
Active military, police, fire, or
Senior citizens’ with Golden Buckeye card or equivalent will be admitted for $1 discount from general admission on Sunday at the gate.
$7.00 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; Rocky’s Bar, 4020 Secor Rd.; Kilgus Choice Meats,
3346 W. Laskey Rd.; Tank’s Meats, 3355 Ohio 51 in Elmore; Ventura’s Mexican
Cantina, 7742 W. Bancroft St.; and Icons Eatery and Entertainment, 3150 Navarre Ave. in Oregon and Pub 51,
5110 Woodville Rd. in Northwood.
Icons and Pub 51 provide a complimentary shuttle service.
shuttle tickets online and print at home at www.germanamericanfestival.net
Bar 145, 5305 Monroe St. (Use Hobby Lobby lot for parking)
Berger’s Olde Tyme,
Icons Eatery and Entertainment, 3150 Navarre Ave. in
Pub 51, 5110 Woodville Rd. in Northwood provides a complimentary shuttle
GAF Shuttle Departure Times:
Friday, August 26
– 6:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
o Saturday, August 27 – 4:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
o Last shuttle departs from departure locations to Festival Grounds at 10:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
o Last GAF shuttle departs from Festival Grounds at 1:00 a.m.
o Special Sunday Shuttle: Sunday, August 28 – 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.
Continuous live music at 3
stages from local Germanic and ethnic bands, our strolling button box artist
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
Over 70 acres of free, lighted
parking with people movers to deliver you to the main entrance gate on
• The Festival is spread over 10 wooded acres providing an authentic German atmosphere.
Handicapped parking available
• Shuttle bus service from nine Toledo-area parking lots deliver you right to the gate and safely return you to your car. Complimentary shuttle service is available from two local taverns.
• Taxi Cab stand In the interest of public safety, Black & 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 (one receipt per cab). 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 Black & White Cabs!
• Opening ceremony with parade featuring colorful costumes and pageantry through the Festival grounds. Special feature this year: many of the people who were organizers and chairpeople through the last 50 Festivals!
• 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! “Masskrugstemmen,” 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! Sound easy? The current
Hummel Look-Alike Contest
is a contest for all children between the
ages of 2-10 by pre-application. The children select a M.I. Hummel figurine
to dress like and then pose for a panel of judges. First, second, and third
place prizes will be awarded in each age category. All children will receive
awards for participating as well as a wrist band for rides. The contest is
held on Sunday afternoon and is the longest running contest of its kind in
the United States. Applications are available on the GAF Festival Website:
http://www.gafsociety.org/Childrens_Activities.htm. All applications must be
received no later than August
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 groups – the Deutsche
Bayerische Folktanz Gruppe, the Toledo Holzhacker Buam Schuhplattlergruppe
and the Bavarian Sports Club D’ Holzhacker Buam Schuhplattler Gruppe– as
well as other folklore dance groups from the Midwest.
• Designated Driver Program the Guest 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 6 for $5.
Amusement rides include rides such
as: Scooter(bumper cars), Paratrooper, Sizzler, Funhouse, Super slide,
Merry-go-round, Barrels of fun, Cartoon train, Mini-enterprise,
Tilt-a-whirl, Fire trucks, Whale ride, and Monkey bounce for children and
the young at heart all weekend. All Day Ride pass and discounted
• Face 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.
• Soccer game and matches on Saturday.
Glockenspiel – While
it’s not exactly like the famous Glockenspiel in
• 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.
is the place to get your festival souvenirs
and collectible items! This year you will find one of a kind shirts for all
ages that celebrate the GAF Festival as well as various festival themed
drinkware including shot, beer, and wine glasses! In addition, there will be
unique gift items and fun bags for the kids!! Be sure to stop by Mitzi's
Hütte and see all the fun festival gear!!
Trachtenzelt – features German
wearables and souvenirs by Bavarian Specialties of Frankenmuth, Mich.
Credit Cards – credit/debit cards
can be used throughout the Festival grounds.
ATM – located at the
Guest Services Tent.
• Vienna Café – enjoy Kuchen, Strudels, cookies, cakes, and a variety of other homemade pastries. New for our 50th Festival: a chocolate bar that is made in Germany! This is a very pleasant and relaxing place to sit down at a cozy table to enjoy your favorite dessert and coffee. Returning in 2015: German Golden Delicious Kuchen Baking Contest in honor of the 50th Festival on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Submit entry to the Sidewalk Café (along with the recipe) on the day of the event!
Lebkuchenherz – our own
homemade, hand decorated gingerbread hearts – just like at the Oktoberfest
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
Potato Pancakes – enjoy hand made
potato pancakes made the old German way.
• Schnitzel Sandwiches – 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, Sauerkraut, cheddar Wurst, handmade
potato salad, Sauerkraut balls, hand cut Pommes Frites, ice cream, cream
puffs, pickles, landjäger, sweet corn and freshly popped popcorn!
• Featured Beers – Fifty beers for fifty years! Our light beer: Labatt Blue Light and from Germany our featured beers: Warsteiner Premium Verum, Warsteiner Premium Dunkel (Dark), Warsteiner Oktoberfest, König Ludwig Weissbier Hell, Hofbräu Dunkel, Hofbräu Original, Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier, and Hofbräu Hefeweizen. Our other great imported beers are: Augustiner Maximator Doppelbock (Dark), Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen, Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche Doppelbock, Ayinger Brauweisse, Ayinger Jahrhundert Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock, Ayinger Oktoberfest Bier, Ayinger Weizenbock, Ayinger Alt Dunkel (Dark), Berliner Weisse 1809, Bitburger, Hacker-Pschorr München, Hacker-Pschorr Weisse, Julius Echter Hefe Weiss, Julius Echter Dunkel Weiss, Grodziskie Grätzer Smoked Wheat, Labatt Light Lime, Leipziger Gose, Paulaner Lager, Paulaner Oktoberfest, Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier, Paulaner Salvator, Erdinger Dunkel, Erdinger Hefe, Radeberger Pils, Reissdorf Kolsch, Schneider Aventinus Eisbock, George Schneider’s Wiesen Edel Weisse (an organic Bier), Schneider Unser Aventinus, Schneider Weisse, Tucher Kristallweizen, Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier, Weihenstephaner Oktoberfest, Weihenstephaner Korbinian Doppelbock, Weihenstephaner Kristall Weiss and Schöfferhofer Grapefruit 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 2015 is the German Bier Tour – obtain a Bier Tour card, have your card stamped seven times and receive a Bier Glas! New for 2015 – Engelszell Gregorious, Monchshof Schwarzbier, Freigeist Ottekolong Unfiltered Kolsch, Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest Beer Camp (collaboration with Brauhaus Riegele)
Our featured cocktails:
Imagine a drink that looks like a German flag! So schmeckt Deutschland
– a taste of
•Our wine list includes: Schlink Haus Auslese, Kabinett, Dornfelder, Riesling QbA and Spätlese, Schmitt Sohne Piesporter; and Sutter Home Chardonnay and Moscato. Returning in 2015: Der deutsche Wein-Flug – sample six great German wine varieties to help you find the one you enjoy the most (Saturday & Sunday only)!
• Our progressive adult beverages: Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Mike's Hard Black Cherry Lemonade and Angry Orchard Hard Cider
• Our soft drink specialties: 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 Water!
• Give Trash the Boot! Returning in 2015! 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!“ New in 2015 – a koozie to fit the boot!
• 50 years of Festivals!
• Opening ceremony with the visual attention of the opening parade featuring colorful costumes and pageantry.
• The background and purpose of the seven German-speaking societies sponsoring the Festival.
How the 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 Festival in the Toledo area by the readers of the Toledo City Paper. 17 out of last 18 years.
Winner of the 2011 Prism Award of the Eastern
Regularly named in blogs such as: 50 Things To Do
With Kids in
• 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 hand!
• Erecting the main tent
• Soccer Games.
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FOOD & BEVERAGES CONSUMED AT THE GERMAN-AMERICAN FESTIVAL
6,000 ears of sweet corn
3,350 chicken halves
300 gallons of Sauerkraut
4,800 dinner rolls
10,500 hot dog and sausage buns
2 tons of handmade German potato salad
660 smoked “Old World” style Frankfurters
9,500 various Bratwurst
500 Bratwurst patties
5,000 smoked sausages
1,500 smoked pork shanks
500 servings of Leberkäs (veal loaf)
1,900 servings of Schnitzel for sandwiches
5,000 pairs of Landjäger
6,000 regular pretzels
960 specialty pretzels
18 gallons of cheese for pretzels
1,500 whole kosher pickles
750 pounds of
50,0000 hand-made potato pancakes (over 1-1/2 tons of potatoes)
1,100 kegs of light and imported beers
180 cases of German beers
250 cases of progressive adult beverages
50 cases of German wines
44 cases liqueurs and spirits
7,400 bottles of soda pop
4,000 bottles of water
Over 450 slices of hand made cakes
230 slices of miscellaneous cakes
420 apple fritters
180 apple dumplings
200 Lebkuchen (gingerbread) hand decorated hearts
250 loaves of apple fritter bread & coffee cakes
2,240 hand made cookies
425 loaves of bread (sold as “to go”)
Over 650 pounds of assorted cheeses
700 pounds of assorted deli meats
Over 6,000 scoops of ice cream
720 cream puffs
5,000 funnel cakes
1,700 servings of candied, roasted almonds
250 pounds of popcorn
2 tons of hand-cut Pommes Frites – French Fries
Over 17 tons of ice
Over 1,200 cups of coffee
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