42nd Annual German-Americn Festival Ends Successfully

Posted Aug 29th, 2007 by Tim Pecsenye  Category: Arts & Entertainment


Oregon, Ohio — August 28, 2007. The 42nd Annual German-American Festival was held Friday, August 24, through Sunday, August 26 at Oak Shade Grove, in Oregon, Ohio. Around 30,000 attendees visited the festival this past weekend. Crowds were larger then years’ past despite storms that threatened the area Friday night. You can’t ruin a good summer Festival tradition! Festival-goers enjoyed themselves and had plenty of great food and entertainment throughout the weekend.

The German-language Worship Service on Sunday morning had around 300 people in attendance – the festival’s largest service ever. Performing at the service with special music were Teutonia Mannerchor & Damenchor, Toledo Swiss Singers and seventy singers from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The amount of food and beverages consumed at this year’s Festival, ranked among the one of the highest amounts in festival’s history. Over 50,000 hand-made potato pancakes, 7,800 pretzels, 1-1/2 tons of hand-cut Pommes Frites (French Fries), 10,000 Bratwursts, 350 gallons of Sauerkraut, 500 ponds of Sauerkraut balls, 2,500 slices of hand made cakes and 750 pounds of roasted almonds were consumed, not to mention the amount of beverages that were served. Did I forget anything? BEER!

St Louis Helping Hands soup kitchen benefited from the food that was not consumed. On Monday the Festival donated almost a truck load of perishable items to help with feeding the homeless and low income families. This donation will help keep Father Armstrong’s mission alive “anyone who is hungry can be served.”

The German-American Festival is the oldest and largest ethnic festival in the Toledo-area, as well as one of the largest in this part of the United States. The festival would not have been possible without the help of over 3,000 volunteers who contributed so much of their time and effort. The Festival committee is so grateful to all volunteers and the neighbors in the area for their patience and help throughout this past weekend. A special thanks goes out to the New Harvest Christian Church which is located next to Oak Shade Grove, for their help with sheltering festival goers during the storm that rolled through the area on Friday evening.

Who said luck does not pay off? A local Northwood, OH resident who purchased a festival entrance ticket was the winner of the new Volkswagen Beetle Convertible.

New Shuttle Bus service in 2007 was a real connivence for festival-goers, helping transport crowds from four locations in and around the city. Not only did it elevate parking issues but it was a safe alternative way to travel to and from the Festival.

Revenue from the Festival allows for the continued support of a wide variety of scholarships. Through these scholarships, the German-American Society recognizes young German scholars who have shown great enthusiasm and dedication in studying the German language and culture, along with athletic and other philanthropic programs in the Toledo area.

According to festival chairman, Tim Pecsenye the committee feels they have not only met but exceeded their goals for the 2007 Festival and they are already starting to plan 2008.

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