TOLEDO, Ohio, Aug. 20, 2012 – The German-American Festival’s (GAF) roots are firmly placed in a rich history, but as it celebrates its 47th year, the GAF continues to successfully blend old world tradition with new world technology.
The use of social media has become an important part of the festival’s community building efforts. The GAF Society Facebook page (facebook.com/GAFSociety) offers pictures from past festivals, entertainment schedules and the most up-to-date information on the GAF. Fans can click on the event page link (facebook.com/events/157739140975252) to read comments from past attendees, while also posting their own questions about event details. Targeted advertising on Facebook is drawing new attendees to the event and as many as 30,000 attendees are expected to fill the 10 wooded acres of festival grounds.
Followers of the new GAF Twitter page (@GAFSociety) can expect updates during the festival weekend regarding events and activities. It is also another great place for fans to interact. The use of the hashtag #GAF allows fans to connect and share content as excitement builds.
GAF fans can also tune in to the German-American Hour on Sundays from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. The GAF Society sponsors the show and encourages people to tune in and enjoy a mix of contemporary and traditional content. The show helps promote the German and Swiss Culture within the local community through great German music, news and information. Listeners can tune in to WCWA 1230 AM, WIOT 104.7 HD2 Toledo, or find the show online at www.iheart.com.
Ticket purchasing also made the jump to online. “For the past few years we have offered the option of purchasing tickets online,” explains Festival Chairman Tim Pecsenye. “It is a convenience that our guests appreciate and allows us to cut down on wait time at the gate.” General admission tickets are $7 per person and can be purchased in advanced online at www.germanamericanfestival.net or www.gafsociety.org/fest.htm. Guests to either site also have the opportunity to enter their cell phone number to receive text updates from the GAF about special discounted pricing. They can also text ‘GAF’ to 55678 to receive instructions on how to purchase discounted tickets.
Children 12 years of age and under admitted at no charge all weekend when accompanied by a parent or guardian. Active military, police, fire department or EMS personnel will be admitted at no charge with proof of employment on Sunday. Senior citizens holding Golden Buckeye cards or equivalent will receive a $1 discount at the gate on Sunday. Shuttle service from several Toledo area locations is available. Departure locations and schedules are also available online.
Just as last year the Festival will be running 15’ x 20’ video screens highlighting many of the events and attractions at the festival. These screens will also show the live Glockenspiel on the hour when the sun goes down.
New this year is a “photobooth” whereby guests to the Festival can have their candid picture taken with friends and family in Germanic attire. These pictures will also be shown on the video screens for several minutes each hour once the sun goes down. Additionally, all pictures taken during the GAF will be available for free download after the Festival.
Riders of the many GAF buses will be able to watch an informative video highlighting the main features of the Festival as well as to reminisce as they see pictures for last year’s event.
Visit www.germanamericanfestival.net or www.gafsociety.org/fest.htm to learn more about festival tickets and discounts, parking and shuttles, special discounts and other details.
Friday, Aug. 24, 2012: 6:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. (Parade and Opening Ceremonies begin at 8:00 p.m.)
Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012: 2:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012: Noon – 11:00 p.m. with a German Language worship service at 10:30 a.m.
About the German-American Festival. The Festival is operated by the G.A.F Society, which is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. It is sponsored by the seven German- and Swiss-American societies in Toledo, and is intended to promote and enhance the German and Swiss cultures, as well as generate revenue to support the German and Swiss cultural center in Oregon, along with a variety of scholarship, athletic and philanthropic programs in the Toledo area.
- German American Festival Society