Dayton - After monsoon-type rains Thursday afternoon and Friday
morning, the weather cleared, and was perfect for the weekend of August 9,
10 and 11, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. The sun shone brightly all weekend on the
beautiful fest grounds of Carillon Historical Park and more than 35,000
It probably helps that two local meteorologists are on the Germanfest team –
TV2’s Weatherman Brian Davis emceed the opening ceremonies, and
Meteorologist Jamie Jarosik, also from Channel 2, moderated the Saturday
afternoon German Fashion Show, beautifully attired in a Bavarian costume.
The 30th edition of the Germanfest Picnic was heralded in by the majestic
sounds of Alphorn Gruezie, from the Columbus, OH, area. Their fanfares and
beautiful Alpine music were the perfect announcement of the Opening
Ceremonies for the 30th Annual Germanfest Picnic, which featured a
traditional keg-tapping ceremony and presentation of $2,750 in scholarship
awards to students Natalie Martin, Peter Kleinberg and Katherine Kleinberg.
Dayton Dragons Mascot, Gem, helped present the awards. After the official
ceremonies, Alphorn Gruezie delighted listeners at the band breaks, and by
taking their instruments to all areas of the park, so everyone would be able
to see and hear them.
Greeting visitors at the front entrance all weekend was organ grinder Ted
Guillaum from Nashville, TN. He was appearing for the first time at the
Germanfest Picnic, and was a huge hit with both old and young fest goers,
some of whom were even allowed to try their hand at organ grinding on the
beautiful Black Forest instrument.
It wouldn’t be Germanfest without the wonderful Liederkranz food and the
huge selection of German and craft biers, and an army of volunteers assured
that no one left hungry or thirsty. New offerings this year were Wurstsalat
and Cream Puffs, both of which were very well received.
Inside the Kettering Building, guests could get help tracing their German
roots from members of the German Genealogy Group, and check out the Cultural
Display, HOCHWASSER, which commemorated the effects of Dayton’s epic 1913
Flood on the German community at that time, through vintage photos and other
artifacts, including the original minutes books, all in German, of course,
of both the Dayton Turner Verein, and the Liederkranz Singing society.
Fr. Bill Myers celebrated a Polka Mass on Sunday morning, accompanied by
members of the Alpen Echos Band. Prost and the Chardon Polka Band also
provided wonderful live German music for listening and dancing throughout
Now that the 30th Germanfest Picnic is just a memory, plans are already
underway to make the 2014 event even better.