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Germanfest Picnic

                                 DAYTON CITY PAPER PRESENTS

The Dayton Germanfest Picnic is excited to announce that its new venue is RiverScape MetroPark in downtown Dayton.  A survey conducted on our Facebook page showed that RiverScape MetroPark was by far the most popular choice. The Celtic Fest and other festivals have put RiverScape MetroPark on the map as Dayton’s favorite spot to celebrate, and we look forward to building on that tradition, and infusing it with our own special German ambience – we call it Gemütlichkeit.”

The new location will allow for future growth of the Germanfest Picnic, starting with extended hours this year for the Germanfest Picnic – 5-11 p.m on Friday, August 11, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, August 12, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, August 13, with a Polka Mass at 10 a.m. The Germanfest 5K and 10K will have a new route this year, and has been moved to Saturday morning, August 12 at 9:00 a.m.  Registration information is available at

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 we look forward to welcoming everyone to Germanfest Picnic’s new home at RiverScape MetroPark for its 34th edition on August 11, 12 and 13. A full range of sponsorship, marketing, and publicity opportunities are available.

For more information, contact
John Koerner, Germanfest Picnic Chairman, 937-429-9251

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  • Continuous Live Music with Prost, Alpen Echos, Chardon Polka Band, TheSauer 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


Scholarships are just one of the ways proceeds from the Germanfest Picnic are used. Part of the proceeds of the Germanfest Picnic goes to underwrite scholarships for deserving students who promote the German heritage and culture. The 2017 winners will be announced at the Opening Ceremony on Friday Evening.


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


Interested in your German Heritage? Stop in and meet some representatives from the DLT Genealogy Group and ask some questions! And do 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 do it without you. To sign up to help with the 2017 Germanfest Picnic at RiverScape MetroPark, please click HERE, leave us your contact info and availability, and we'll connect you with the chairperson of the area that you are interested in. DANKE!


We need drivers (2 minimum) to drive our inventory trucks for the Picnic supplies. No special license needed. Driving shifts are Thursday afternoon (August 10), Friday morning (August 11),
Sunday evening (August 13) and Monday morning (August 14). Most shifts are relatively short - pick up truck, drive to DLT, drive to RiverScape, etc. Please contact John Koerner at 429-9251 if you can help with this critical logistics function.


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.

Inquiries to

 34th GERMANFEST PICNIC GUIDE - Everything You Need to Know

The 34th Annual GermanFest Picnic will be held August 11, 12, & 13 at our new and, hopefully, long-term home at RiverScape MetroPark in downtown Dayton on the Great Miami River. Other than E-Mail, Facebook and possibly Twitter/Instagram, this insert will be the last printed information before the Festplease review and keep at hand! Our final general Picnic meeting will be Wednesday, July 26th, 7 PM at the DLT.
We had a poor year in 2016 due to persistent rain. We are hopeful that with good weather we will see most of our frequent patrons and a host of new visitors. You can reference information about the Fest, including electronic sign-up lists, map and other links on our new Fest website:
We need all members and their families and friends to support the eventfirst by volunteering to work, secondly by attending the Picnic and encouraging everyone you know to attend, and lastly by publicizing the event in whatever ways you can --yard signs, distributing fliers, FaceBook, etc. Our members and volunteers make all the difference including the various community groups that help us.
Activities/ Needs
#1 HQ Tent/RaffleLori Hemmelgarn is again chairing the Grand Raffle with its great prizes. Net proceeds will help us defray our $55,000 to $65,000 fixed costs. Contact Lori at 937-657-8489 or  Any donations for what used to be the Mini Raffle—gift coupons, free pizzas, merchandise, hair sessions, etc. Please ask—the worst they can do is say no. IF we do not have a Mini Raffle--the donations will be used in gift baskets, door prizes, etc. and will become part of gift baskets. We have donation request letters that can be left with merchants.  We also can use booth and ticket selling volunteers—contact Lori if you are willing to provide this urgent help We need to staff the HQ tent where we sell club souvenirs--teeshirts, posters, pins, etc. and dispense info.
Scott Nekrosius will be managing a Membership Table in the HQ Tent. He can use help to cover numerous shifts 434 - 7377.. We hope this addition will boost membership.
#2 Loading, Set-up, Teardown, Cleanup
We need folks on Thursday August 10th, 6PM at the clubhouse to help move items from storage to staging area and then to load the trucks and on Friday, August 11th at 8:30AM at RiverScape to help with set up. Tables, chairs, bunting, decorations, cooking area, pop up tents, etc all need set up. Many hands are needed. Lunch and drinks will be provided. We reverse the process on Sunday starting at 5PM and then unload trucks at the DLT. Cleanup at the Klubhaus begins on Monday at 9AM
#3 Sponsors/Donors/PR
We are always in need of sponsors. Our expenses at RiverScape are significantly greater than at CP. Any donations will help keep us above water.  Volunteers to help solicit sponsors, donations, and push the PR window—needed NOW. A sponsor/donor guide is available and was included with a past Newsletter. PR is well underway with brochure distribution at World Affair and other locations. Press releases and ads have been done. Our major sponsor, Dayton City Paper, has begun publicizing our Fest. Fliers available now.  New yard signs are available at the DLT.
#4 Volunteering
 It’s time to start volunteering, signing up for work shifts. Contact your chairperson—beer, wine, food cooking/serving, children’s area, etc. Call the respective Chairperson or Debbie Venys -  416-1545 for master volunteer listing. If you don’t know who to contact, call me –John Koerner-429-9251.
We have electronic volunteering and time slotting –check our website, to sign up.
#5 Food
We will continue our reduced number of outside food vendors and our expanded Liederkranz food service, including the EXPRESS Food Tent. –
Cashiers – Mishelle Dicken - 746-9812
Card Readers – Benita Dorn – 545-7227
Chair – Debbie Venys - 416-1545
Main Tent/Potato Salad – Jillian Seib - 470-7876/Lori Hemmelgarn -657-8489
Potato Salad Preparation - Trudi Campbell - 864-5859
Schnitzels – Ron Sagasser -271-7876
Warmers/Grilling - volunteers needed
Sandwich Tent –Christie Kidd - 422-6505
Sandwich Condiments – Jillian Seib – 470-7876
Cakes – Cornelia Shockey – 253-8242, Maria Duncan – 293-6004 (need cake donations)
Inventory – Debbie Venys - 416-1545
Food Service Soft Drinks – Meyer Family – 278-9258
#6 Beer/Wine
We will again have the special craft beer trailer this year in addition to our usual unmatched selection of German brews. We will have a large Bier Garten in the central area of the Fest. Jake Browning will be staging a Stein Lift contest in the Garten. We are in need of workers to handle everything from pouring and serving to handling money, tickets, and wrist bands in a typically fast-paced pressure environment during peak hours.
John Banford – 848-9070/ Rick Ordeman – 558-6993/ /Amy Clark 974-3634 /Wine: Nicole Lashley & Felicite Lilly -937-271-1226 or 937-626-3209 / Wrist Bands/TicketsKate Hodapp371-0104
#7 Genealogy Corner/Cultural Heritage Area
We need help at the Genealogy Corner –you don’t need to be an expert; we have programs. And Judy can always use help promoting the Liederkranz and our German Heritage.
Louise Gaertner – 434-7999/Judy Schneider – 433-3451
#8 Kinder Korner
Theresa Warych – 435-4854
Theresa can use some help with the small children who flock to this booth. We will also have a Puppet Show tent--first time in years. Help needed.
#9 Pretzels/Landjaeger
Delicious Landjaeger and pretzels - Dave Pepiot - 434-1050/ Else Schiller - 433-1900
#10 Trachten Show
Support the true German ethnic spirit by appearing in the Trachten Show. Call Silvie Schrumpf - 310-1105 to participate. The new features introduced in 2013 have led to increasing popularity. Jamie Jarosik, TV2 meteorologist, is expected to emcee the show.
#11 17th GermanFest Picnic 5k/10k
Unique awards and tee shirts will again be featured at our 5k/10k race/walk starting at 9AM on Saturday the 12th. Registration forms are available at, or www.itsyourrace.comAndrew Koerner – 269-3359 or is the Race Director and could use help starting at 8AM on Saturday. The fun awards ceremony will feature beer from the Dayton Beer Company.
#12 Opening Ceremonies
Our Opening Ceremony – scholarship awards and keg tapping is slated for 6:30 Friday with TV 2’s Brian Davis and several prominent guests. We will present the scholarship winners and kick off the Festival with a traditional keg tapping. Brian will likely do the weather report from the Spass Platz as he often does. We also have a special dance group that may perform as part of the opening.
#13 Parking/RTA Shuttle
We have reserved two lots for Worker/Member parking. The first is the various lots at St. John's United Church of Christ at 515 East Third Street (entrance) and the second is at the Good Neighbor House at 627 East First Street - enter off of Webster Street. Both lots are within three blocks of RiverScape and both will be served by the free RTA Shuttle.
Parking at these lots will be by pass only--managed by the Boy Scouts. Vehicles with Worker passes will be free, but donations are strongly encouraged to help defray costs. DLT members may park in these lots for $2 by showing their DLT membership card (contact John Koerner if your card is missing). Without these passes, you will have to pay commercial rates. All proceeds will go to the Scouts and the non profits providing the lots.
The free RTA shuttle will operate during Fest hours. The shuttle routes and stops are shown on our Picnic website. In addition to our reserved lots, the shuttle will serve City parking garages at the Convention Center and at Fourth & Jefferson. The City garage on Main Street at Monument will be open  -- it is only one block from the Fest!
#14 Final Picnic Meeting  -- Wednesday, July 26th, 7 PM - Ratskeller


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