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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Toledo Area’s Oldest, Largest and Greatest Ethnic Festival

How fast can you eat soft, baked pretzels? To find out, join the Brezelessen (pretzel eating) competition at the 46th German-American Festival, the Toledo area’s oldest, largest and greatest ethnic festival with authentic German food, beer, and entertainment from August 26 to 28. 
The German-American Festival is spread over 10 wooded acres providing an authentic German atmosphere at Oak Shade Grove, 3624 Seaman Road, Oregon, Ohio, just ½ mile east of Coy Road.  
The Festival is sponsored by the seven German- and Swiss-American Societies in Toledo. Its purpose is to promote and enhance the German and Swiss cultures and to generate revenue to support the German and Swiss cultural center in Oregon, Ohio, and a wide variety of scholarship, athletic and other philanthropic programs in the Toledo area.
The opening ceremony parade will feature colorful costumes and pageantry through the Festival grounds.
Just few of the many highlights include continuous live music at 3 stages from local Germanic and ethnic bands, a huge wooden dance floor in the main tent, plus other dance floors on the Festival grounds. The Schwabenhalle Outdoor Pavilion renamed the Hofbräuhalle features rain or shine entertainment throughout the day and evening. The Hummel Look-Alike Contest is a contest for all children from 2 to 10 years of age by pre-application.  There are many amusement rides.
The Old World-style outdoor Bier & Wein Garten under the trees will feature large umbrella tables. A wooden dance floor with continuous German polkas and waltzes are featured there.  
There are over 70 acres of free, lighted parking with people movers to deliver you to the main entrance gate on Seaman Street.  A ashuttle bus service from five Toledo-area parking lots will deliver you right to the gate and safely return you to your car.
For more information on the German-American Festival in Oregon, Ohio visit www.germanamericanfestival.net
For more information about top events in Ohio take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Ohio