Experience Bavarian Culture at Gaufest

Posted: Friday, August 14, 2009 by: Andrew Beevis | Category: Events

Toledo, OH … August 13, 2009 –Toledoans will have a rare opportunity this weekend to experience authentic Bavarian culture firsthand, with the opening of Gaufest, a 4-day cultural convention and celebration of traditional Bavarian and Northern Tyrolean folk dancing, music and art. Gaufest is produced every other year by the leading German-American organization Gauverband of North America, in one very lucky, carefully selected city. This year, it’s Toledo’s turn.

Local member groups from across North America bid for the opportunity to host Gaufest, which is considered a highlight of the Gauverband calendar. Local group Toledo Holzhacker Baum lost their bid for the event once before to Reading, PA, but this year prevailed. The group is thrilled to be hosting more than 80 “schuhplattler” and “trachten” clubs from Montreal, Seattle, Miami, and everywhere in between, at the Seagate Convention Center.

The four-day event represents a cherished opportunity for German-Americans to join together with the common goal of preserving their heritage for generations to come. Children make friends with others who share their background. They attend workshops where they learn traditional songs and dances, practice traditional crafts, and more. Old friends reminisce, new bonds are forged and memories are made in an atmosphere of spirited camaraderie.

On Friday evening, August 14th, Gaufest opens its doors to the general public at Heimetabend, a talent exposition that will showcase the musical, dance and even whip-cracking skills of members from around the world. Toledo Holzhacker Baum will be on hand to perform with traditional Bavarian cowbells. The fee for admission is $7.00.
On Saturday, Gaufest hosts its crowning event, the Preisplattler dance competition. Some 1500 members are expected to attend the competition, where winning dancers earn not only the esteem of their peers and fans, but also an invitation to attend the renowned Isargau Gaufest in Munich the following year.

“Bavarians are among the most welcoming people in the world—but our goal is to exceed all expectations for hospitality,” comments Andrew Beevis, Gaufest Chair. “When our Gauver band friends around the country look back on their experience in Toledo, we want them to remember having the time of their lives.”

For more information about Gaufest, contact Andrew Beavis at 419-902-0616.

Press Release Contact Name: Andrew Beevis
Press Release Contact Email: toledogaufest2009@bex.net
Press Release Contact Phone: 419-902-0616
Organization Name: Gaufest
Organization Address: Toledo, OH