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Germanfest Picnic

                                 DAYTON CITY PAPER PRESENTS

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The Dayton Liederkranz Turner is most grateful for the tremendous outpouring of support we have received from the Dayton community this past couple months, and the amazing turnout at Germanfest Picnic’s new home at RiverScape MetroPark for its 34th edition on August 11, 12 and 13. A special thanks to all of the people who volunteered and our fantastic sponsors.

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  • Continuous Live Music with Prost, Alpen Echos, Chardon Polka Band, The Sauer Brats and Organgrinder Ted Guillaum.
  • Authentic German Food - Schnitzel Dinners, Brats, Metts, German Potato Salad, Sauerkraut and desserts. Gürkensalat (Cucumber Salad)
  • Friday - Opening Ceremonies, Scholarship Presentation, and Keg Tapping - 6:30 p.m. 
  • Kidz Zone - Games, Rides
  • ATMs available
  • German Import Haus 
  • German Marktplatz - Merchandise and Craft Vendors
  • Polka Mass - 10:00 a.m. Sunday
  • Genealogy Support 
  • Huge selection of German Draft and Bottled Beer as well as German-style craft beers from Ohio Breweries. Tasting Flights available.
  • Biergarten and Weingarten
  • Membership Opportunities
  • Huge Raffle - Grand prize Trip for 2 to GERMANY + $1000 spending money! Tickets $2 each, or 6 for $10. Drawing 5:30 p.m. Sunday.  
  • Bavarian Fashion Show - 2 p.m. Saturday
  • 5K and 10k Race/Walk - The GermanFest 5k/10k will be held on Saturday, August 12th at 9AM. Registration information is available at
  • Cultural Heritage Booth featuring: 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther and the Reformation
  • FREE RTA shuttle to parking areas downtown


Part of the proceeds from the Germanfest Picnic goes to underwrite scholarships for deserving students who promote the German heritage and culture. Including this year's awards, the Germanfest Picnic scholarship awards have totaled almost $50,000 since the program's inception.  
Congratulations to our 2017 winners!

Elizabeth Ordeman - $2,000
Jillian Fry - $1750
Elizabeth Ruetschle - $1,750
Branden Lilly - $500
Robert Adams - $200
Education Grants
Madison Lewis - $500
Angela Hodapp - $300


The 2017 Cultural Display focused on The 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther and the Reformation.


Thanks to the representatives from the DLT Genealogy Group who met with our guests to answer questions and direct further research. Be sure to visit The German Geneaology Group, which meets monthly at the Liederkranz, with guest speakers and group discussions. Click on the GENEALOGY button to your left on this page for more information.


The Dayton Liederkranz is always looking for new members. Click on the MEMBERSHIP button at the bottom of this page to download an application. GERMANFEST SPECIAL - If you join at the Germanfest Picnic and pay your dues by SEPTEMBER 1, you receive FREE membership for the remaining four months of this year, PLUS all of 2018!  Do it today!


Thank you to ALL our wonderful volunteers. We couldn't have done it it without you.  DANKE!


Rod Vangas won the Grand Prize. He chose the cash option.
Friday’s Winners:
Jim Tschirhart - The Game Basket   
Julie Feltner -  The Wine Basket

Saturday’s Winners:
Kim Chewning - The Iced Tea Basket   
Gary Miller - The Cat Basket 
Trashes Turner - The Cookbook Basket 
Teresa Johnston - The Dog Basket 
J.L. Pizza - The Garden Basket
Sunday’s Winners:
Charles Coover - The Mystery Basket 
Peggy Sisson - The Baking Basket 
Charles Heildoerfer - The Gift Certificate Basket 
Mary Ann Frederickson - The Cool Bar and Alcohol Basket

Vielen Dank (1000 Thanks) to our donors: Wasserstrom’s. Slider’s Tavern, Brixx Ice Company, Carmel’s, Riches Pawn Shop, The Warych Family, Kim Chewning, Beth Hemmelgarn and Lori Hemmelgarn.

The Dayton Liederkranz Turner is a 501c3 organization. All donations are fully tax-deductible.

Overall Event Sponsor : $7,000 – Exclusive naming rights with name/logo on all PR including all media (ads, brochures, etc), on fest signs/banners, on  volunteer tee shirts; participation in opening ceremonies; booth space and facilities and food/drink tickets for booth staff.
Overall Event Supporter: $5,000-$7,000 – Similar to above, but less prominent.

Major Venue Sponsor:   $2,000 - $5,000 – Venues include Liederkranz Food Tent, Heritage Exhibits, Spass Platz (band tent), two Bier Gartens, Kidz  Zone; Craft Vendor Tents; signs & banners at venue;  listings in PR materials and over 5,000 programs; booth space/ facilities.

Major Activity Sponsor: $1,000 - $2,000 – Activities include Opening Ceremonies, Trachten Fashion Show, 5k/10k Run/Walk, Worker Party; Parking Shuttle: sponsor signage and promotion as appropriate;  PR listings; booth space/facilities 
Supporter/Donor: $100 - $1,000 – Listings in PR as appropriate; signage at the Main Event Stage

In Kind/Community Service   -  Opportunities exist for numerous “in-kind”  donations/sponsorships  and for community service work crews. Appropriate levels of PR or compensation will be matched to fit.

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The Germanfest Picnic is very proud to be designated "A Dayton Original."