8 Reasons to enjoy GermanFest Picnic this weekend
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8 Reasons to enjoy GermanFest Picnic this weekend

8 Reasons to enjoy GermanFest Picnic this weekend
Posted 8/7/2017

Germanfest has been voted #3 festival in the region - but what is it that keeps festival goers coming back?

8 Reasons to enjoy GermanFest Picnic this weekend

The annual Germanfest Picnic in Dayton (this year at Riverscape Metropark!) has been voted #3 festival in the region - but what is it that keeps festival goers coming back?  Obviously the awesome potato salad and schnitzels have something to do with it - but is there more to Germanfest?

1. The Food
Most Festgoers do cite the authentic German food as their favorite attraction including the awesome potato salad, sauerkraut and schnitzels as well as hard to find German Brötchen and Bienenstich. Add home-made ice cream and funnel cakes.

2. The Beer
Germanfest offers the best festival line up of beers around including the first Munich Oktoberfest beers of the season and an impressive array of craft beers with tasting flights. Popular wines and Schnaps are also available.

3. The Spass Platz (Fun Tent)
The popular dance floor at the RiverScape Pavilion attests to the fun music and events centered at the Platz ranging from the Bavarian fashion show on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. to the Sunday morning Polka Mass at 10 a.m.. Featured performers this year include 

  • Prost on Friday night from 7 to 11 pm and Saturday from 11 to 3. 
  • Chardon Polka Band  3 till 7 pm on Saturday and 2 till 6 pm on Sunday
  • Alpen Echos  7 till 11 pm on Saturday and 11 till 2 on Sunday
  • Organ Grinder Ted Guilluam  5 till 8 pm on Friday, 2 till 7 pm on Saturday. and noon till 4 pm on Sunday

4. Cultural Exhibit and Geneaology Support 
The Culture Display on Monument Ave., across from the former WSU building this year features "Here I Stand: Martin Luther and the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation."  Genealogy support shares the same tent and features the most professional German genealogy assistance in the region. Bring your family info and let us help you with your research!

5.The Markt Platz
These tents along Patterson Boulevard and Monument Avenue feature more than 20 vendors offering German imports, traditional clothing, soccer shirts, and souvenirs along with collectibles, steins, books, jewelry, and hand - made crafts. 

6. The Kidz Zone
The zone along Patterson Boulevard includes games at the Kinder Korner, Facepainting, and an array of multi-age group rides and bounce houses. There are also several clever "Photo-Op" locations.
7. The Community Support
In addition to purchases from local food, beverage, and service providers, the Germanfest Picnic provides financial and other support for numerous charitable organizations including Special Olympics, United Rehabilitation Services, the Boy Scouts, and several church groups.
8. RiverScape MetroPark
Everyone loves Dayton's "Party Central" Downtown , and we're really excited  to share our Gemütlichkeit with everyone in our new venue this year.

Event details:  Germanfest Picnic 2017.
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