Saturday, June 10

11:00 A.M. – 1:00 A.M.
GERMANFEST TENT OPEN
Headwaters Park Festival Plaza

8:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
VOLKSMARCH
(10K Walk)

Festival Plaza Headwaters Park

Start between 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., finish by 2:00 p.m.

Traverse a well-marked route through the downtown area, River greenway, and neighborhoods of Ft. Wayne. The walk begins and ends at the Festival Tent. Sponsored by The Three Rivers Strollers Walking Club and the American Volksport Association.

The Volksmarch is for families, youth groups, singles, couples, old and young!! Stamp books and medals will be available upon completion of the walk. For more information, contact Liz Winsley at (260) 925-5091.

 

8:30 A.M. Registration
10:00 A.M Walk Begins
VISIONWALK
Headwaters Park

The Foundation Fighting Blindness will hold a 5K VisionWalk with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m., the walk beginning at 10:00 a.m. Join us as we raise critical research dollars! Complete information is available at www.fightblindness.org .

 

10:00 A.M. – 12:00 NOON
4 SWORDSMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE FENCING
Festival Plaza Culture Tent Area

The 4 Swordsmen of the Apocalypse Fencing organization will be honoring the German sport of fencing with fencing demonstrations. Members of the group will be on hand to answer questions. Budding swordsmen will be able to try their skills with safefoam swords.

10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.

16th ANNUAL GERMANFEST BAKE OFF
Festival Plaza Culture Tent Area

OPEN TO ALL AGES

Drop off desserts and breads at the Culture tent from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Judging at 12:00 noon. Awards announced on the Main Stage at 1:30 p.m. Bring your best authentic German dessert or bread along with the recipe to the Culture Tent at Headwaters Park Festival Plaza. The three best entries will receive cash prizes, not to mention the glory and fame from those who taste the offerings. Please bring your entries in disposable containers.

 

11:30 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
FAMILIENFEST
(Family Fest)
Headwaters Park Lower Level

Bring the whole family for a fun filled day at Germanfest 2017. There are so many fun things to do, you’ll have a hard time deciding what to do first! Fun activities and live entertainment abound at Familienfest!

 

12:00 Noon
STORYTIME with SUSAN BRAUN

Think history is boring?  Then you’ve never met King Ludwig II, who inspired Walt Disney with his magnificent castle in the clouds.  He ruled Bavaria for twenty-two years, inspiring its people by his support for the arts.  And yet, he rarely appeared in the capital or attended any government functions.  He slept most of the day and stayed awake all night.  He dined with his horse and waves pistols at servants.  He created a fantasy world inside his castles, complete with caves and trap-door tables.  To this day, no one is sure exactly what caused his untimely death in a shallow lake.

Local author Susan Braun will entertain children and kids-at-heart with trivia about King Ludwig from her book, Not So Happily Ever After:  The Tale of King Ludwig II.  Books will be available for purchase and signing.

 

FREE GAMES AND RACES

Didn’t get to play the piglet sausage game on opening day?  Well, just come see us at Familienfest and we will show you how it’s done!

The grownups had their chance at the Steinline Relay Race on Thursday, but now we’ve geared our game for the younger crowd.

 

 

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY
Headwaters Park – South Parking Lot

Carriage rides for All Occasions will provide free horse-drawn carriage rides for all.

12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m.
THE SHIRE OF SHADOWED STARS

Step back into the Middle Ages when Germany was known as the Holy Roman Empire. See recreations of armored combat, dancing, fencing and historical displays that showcase how our German ancestors lived. The Society for Creative Anachronism is an international historical recreation and education society that features the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The Fort Wayne chapter is the Barony of Shadowed Stars.

 

1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.
MAGICIAN JIM BARRON
Headwaters Park – Lower Level

Germanfest proudly presents, the Tri-State’s funniest magical entertainer, Jim Barron. There are magicians who amaze and comedians who make you laugh, but few combine the two art forms!

2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
NATIONAL WIENER DOG FINALS
Headwaters Park Lower Level

Join Germanfest and 98.9 The Bear for the 2016 National Weiner Dog Finals!

As those “hot dogs” battle it out for bragging rights to the fastest weiner dog.  Listen to radio station 98.9 The Bear for details.  Registration begins at 12:30 p.m.  All dogs must be pre-registered prior to the race day at 98.9 The Bear.  Sponsored by Miller Brewing.

6:00 p.m.
TRAUBEN TROMP
(Grape Stomp Contest)
Festival Plaza Culture Tent Area

All you need are three crazy friends and a lot of stamina!  Three teams of three members each compete against each other and the clock to see who can stomp the most juice from over 300 pounds of grapes.  All participants win prizes and the top 3 teams take home trophies.  Sign up for this event at the Information Booth located at the entrance of the festival.  Only 9 teams can play, so make sure you get signed up early!  Must be 18 years or older to play.  Participation is FREE!

7:00 P.M.
POLKA LIKE A STAR
Festival Plaza Main Stage

Patrick Didier and his charming assistants will be facilitating this time honored traditional Polka contest.  Don’t know how to Polka?  No worries because everyone gets a quick lesson to get started.  Judges weave in and out of the couples throughout the dance, eliminating couples from play.  The judges rank the last three couples and award 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.  Everyone is a winner at Germanfest!  Participation is Free!