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Get ready for the 53rd German-American Festival, August 24 - 26


OREGON, OH, August 18, 2018: The 53rd German-American Festival, the Toledo area’s oldest and largest ethnic festival, will be held at Oak Shade Grove in Oregon, Ohio, on August 24—26, 2018.


The festival is presented by the G.A.F. Society, and is sponsored by the seven German- and Swiss-American Societies of greater Toledo. The purpose of the festival is to promote the German and Swiss cultures, as well as support the German and Swiss cultural center in Oregon and a variety of scholarship, athletic and philanthropic programs in the Toledo area.


Promotion of the festival has begun with a scavenger hunt. Beer boots stuffed with tickets can be discover by following the clues on Snapchat at GAFToledo. Tickets for daily general admission are $10 per person. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.germanamericanfestival.net at a reduced rate. Children 12 years of age and under are admitted at no charge all weekend when accompanied by a parent or guardian.


New this Year

·   VIP Preview Party presented by BMW of Toledo

On Thursday, August 23, BMW of Toledo will host a VIP Kickoff to the German-American Festival at the exclusive GAF Clubhouse. The event will feature grazing stations with festival food favorites, a beer, wine and premium liquor cash bar and entertainment. Tickets are $45 or $25 if purchased with a $75 VIP weekend pass.


As part of their sponsorship, BMW and GAF will make a donation of $1,000 to the Alzheimer’s Association. 


·   GAF Beer Mile Run

       The inaugural GAF Beer Mile Run will take place on Saturday, August 25, at 2 p.m. Participants will run one mile and consume a total of four beers. Along with the mile run, a mini mile will also be offered.  Participants can choose to run ¼ mile and consume 2 beers.

What is a Beer Mile?

Drink a beer, run a quarter mile.

Drink a beer, run a quarter mile.

Drink a beer, run a quarter mile.

Drink a beer, run a quarter mile.

One Mile, Four Beers!


Various heats will be offered during the day, with the competitive wave running at 5 p.m. Registration is through Dave’s Running Shop at https://runsignup.com/Race/OH/Oregon/GAFBeerMile


·   Laurel’s Princess Parties

On Sunday from 1-4 p.m., Laurel’s Princess Parties will be featuring German princesses, super heroes and a photo booth for young guests.


·         The Eichenwald Zelt

Also new is the Eichenwald (Oak Forest) Tent by the children’s playground. This is a new covered space for bands, dance groups and other entertainment. The tent features plenty of tables and chairs for families to sit and enjoy the festival.


Best Festival in the Area!

For 19 out of 20 years, the German-American Festival has regularly been voted the Best Festival in the Toledo area by the readers of the Toledo City Paper. Festival goers never tire of what the festival has to offer — great beer, great food and great entertainment! Schnitzels, brats, potato pancakes, kuchen, strudels and cookies just top the list of food choices.


German beers and wines are in abundance. Entertainment ranges from a pretzel eating competition (Brezelessen), a beer stein holding contest (Masskrugstemmen), to a Hummel Look-Alike contest for the kids. The Old World-style outdoor Bier & Wein Garten features a wooden dance floor and continuous German music for polkas and waltzes. The festival is spread over 10 wooded acres providing an authentic German atmosphere.

GAF Shuttles will be available from many different sites in the city. Shuttle tickets can be purchased online at www.germanamericanfestival.net. Check out the website for the many shuttle locations. Also, follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/GAFSociety), Twitter (GAFSociety), Instagram (GAFSociety) and Snapchat

( GAFToledo).   


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