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Germanfest Picnic in Dayton

Now in its 34th year, Germanfest Picnic in Dayton celebrated its new location at beautiful RiverScape MetroPark with three days of fabulous weather, fun and Gemütlichkeit.

Dayton - Patrons enjoyed continuous live music featuring Organ grinder Ted Guillaum, Pros’t Band, Chardon Polka Band, Sauer Brats and Alpen Echos .

Opening Ceremonies, hosted by TV2’s Tara Hastings on Friday evening, highlighted Dayton Liederkranz Turner Scholarship Award winners. SCHOLARSHIPS were presented to Elizabeth Ordeman - $2,000; Jillian Fry - $1750, Elizabeth Ruetschle - $1,750; Branden Lilly - $500, and Robert Adams - $200 EDUCATION GRANTS were received by Madison Lewis - $500; and Angela Hodapp - $300. In addition, the GBU presented its annual scholarship awards.

A traditional traditional keg-tapping was enjoyed by all.

Scholarship winners - including this years awards the Dayton Liederkranz Turner has awarded nearly $50,000 in scholarship money to deserving students who also help promote German Heritage as part of their Extra-curricular activities. Photo: Adam Alonzo

Craft vendors, including German items, displayed their wares throughout the weekend. The Germanfest 5K/10K race moved to Saturday morning, starting and ending near the Music Pavilion. A German Fashion Show featured local models wearing traditional German clothing at 2:00 Saturday afternoon, narrated by TV2 Meteorologist Jamie Jarosik.

A Polka Mass started off Sunday’s activities at 10:00 a.m. Stein hoisting contests occured throughout the weekend, as did children’s games and inflatable rides in the KidZone. The Culture Display celebrated the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, and its effects on Germany and the world. The German Embassy in Washington D.C. sent their life-sized Martin Luther Playmobil figure, and the German Embassy in Chicago loaned us their “Here I Stand” poster exhibit. German Genealogy Group members assisted patrons tracing their German roots. The announcement of the Grand Raffle Prize winner of a trip for two to Germany closed the event on Sunday evening.

The weather was einfach herrlich, and encouraged a record number of patrons to visit the Germanfest Picnic for delicious Picnic fare including our signature Schnitzel dinners, sausages, Liederkranz potato salad, sauerkraut, cucumber salad, pretzels, Landjäger, and delicious desserts. Various food vendors ensured that no one went away hungry. Then there was the BIER - “the best German Beer selection this side of Munich,” numerous American brews and a specialty craft biergarten. German wines and Jägermeister rounded out the liquid refreshments.

Besides providing a weekend of outstanding German family fun, food and entertainment, Germanfest Picnic supports community organizations including the Boy Scouts, Special Olympics, Good Neighbor House, St. Vincent DePaul, St. Anne’s Hill Association, and United Rehabilitation Services. All in all it was a great weekend to “Get YOUR Gemütlichkeit on!”

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