13 Things You Didnt Know About Dayton Germanfest Picnic
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13 Things You Didn't Know About Dayton Germanfest Picnic

13 Things You Didn't Know About Dayton Germanfest Picnic
Lisa Seibert   Sunday, August 06, 2017

For their 34th and biggest year yet Dayton Germanfest Picnic is moving to Riverscape Metropark in Downtown Dayton.

13 Things You Didn't Know About Dayton Germanfest Picnic

Dayton Germanfest Picnic invites you to “Get YOUR Gemütlichkeit on” this weekend! Though an imperfect translation, the invitation is to come, be cheerful, friendly, and comfortable. The fact that this event is celebrating its 34th year is evidence that we know how to and enjoy “Getting OUR Gemütlichkeit on”. 

Admission is FREE!

In their first year at Riverscape MetroPark Germanfest Picnic is extending festival hours. Featuring traditional German food, bier, music, cultural displays, a kid zone with inflatables, face painting, a puppet show, genealogy assistance, 5K & 10K races, souvenirs, crafts, other vendors, and a Polka Mass on Sunday. There is truly something for everyone.

Meter parking in downtown Dayton is free after 6p weekdays and all day on weekends. RTA is providing a free shuttle service all weekend from major parking garages, as well as the marked shuttle stops. The buses will operate in a continuous loop so festival goers will only have to wait a few minutes at a stop to catch the next bus with the Germanfest Picnic window card and “shuttle” on the destination sign. Ride your bike and receive FREE Bike Valet Parking (limited hours). Parking details here.

Potato Salad Making for Germanfest PicnicThings you may not know about the Germanfest Picnic:

  1. Dayton Liederkranz-Turner was granted a charter as a singing club in 1890, making them the OLDEST German-American club in the area 
  2. They have “Potato Peeling Parties” the week before the picnic (photo, right)
  3. 3,000 Pounds of the world’s best Potato Salad are our reward for their labor! (If you want to know how to make it, you have to help!)
  4. Over 250 pounds of seasoned Sauerkraut is made especially for the picnic by the Eintracht Singing Society 
  5. 50 Roasters filled with Pork & Sauerkraut will be roasted to perfection
  6. 1,100 pounds of specially seasoned Bratwurst will be wolfed down
  7. 625 pounds of Mettwurst will be gobbled up 
  8. 6,500 Pork Tenderloins will be transformed into delicious Pork Schnitzel 
  9. 750 Chicken Tenderloins will become tasty Chicken Schnitzel (Did YOU know they make Chicken Schnitzel?)
  10. 7,000 Brötchen Traditional German Rolls baked locally by Boosalis Baking will be consumed
  11. 800 Servings of Bienenstich a.k.a. Bee Sting Cake (photo, top) is not enough and will sell out early
  12. 2,400 Servings of Strudel 1,200 each of Apple & Cherry will be devoured
  13. 200 Cream Puffs will be scarfed down 

Germanfest Picnic Schedule

  • Friday, August 11  5PM-11PM 
  • Saturday, August 12  11AM-11PM 
  • Sunday, August 13  11 AM-6PM 

For more information, see Germanfest Picnic 2017

Germanfest Picnic - Map

Map for Germanfest Picnic at Riverscape MetroPark - 2017

How it all started:

In 1983 Dayton Foundation President Fred Bartenstein asked Wanda Wiedman to create something like the Oktoberfest Dayton Art Institute produces each fall. Wanda suggested a summer picnic; Fred went for it and the first Germanfest Picnic took place in 1984. The first year there was no electricity or music and members brought their own grills. In year two the Sauerkraut German Band composed of military and civilian members from WPAFB played music. By year three bands from Austria and Germany were added, the festival expanded to two days and later the entire weekend. 

Dayton Liederkranz-Turner German Club's purpose is to promote and preserve German culture and traditions in the Miami Valley. DLT presents the Germanfest Picnic annually. Funds raised at the picnic enable them to preserve the Miami Valley’s rich German heritage in addition to providing several scholarships.

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