GermanFest in Syracuse, NE

Join us in Syracuse, Nebraska for GermanFest on Saturday, July 14, 2018.  This celebration of our German heritage features family-friendly events all day long, plus a few special events on July 12 & 15!

  • 10th Annual ‘Viener’ Dog Races
  • The Grand Parade
  • KinderFun & Rock Climbing Wall
  • German Food
  • Beer Pong Tournament
  • German-American Singers & Dancers
  • Tapping of the Fest Keg
  • RibFest
  • Beer Garden sponsored by The Beer Stein
  • Concert featuring Aaron Watson
    Listen to this rising star’s country music hits:

See below for a FULL SCHEDULE OF ALL EVENTS. (updated 4/26/18)

**Would you like to be a vendor at our Market? Call us at 402-269-3242 or 402-269-4079.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When will GermanFest be held this year?
A. GermanFest is always held the 2nd Saturday of July. Mark your calendar for July 14, 2018 – we look forward to seeing you!

Q.  Is GermanFest a family-friendly event?
A. Absolutely, GermanFest is sure to feature something for everyone. People of all ages are welcome at all GermanFest activities.

Q. Are all GermanFest activities handicap accessible?
A. Nearly every activity is in a handicap accessible location. In fact, we have reserved parking areas for our elderly folks and those with handicap stickers. To find out if you will be able to easily access the specific activities you are interested in, please ask our GermanFest committee.

Q. Is alcohol served at GermanFest?
A. Yes, alcohol is permitted but must be purchase onsite. Canned domestic beers, a German beer and a few canned specialty drinks can be consumed within the designated areas (including the RibFest festivities and Concert). Mixed drinks can be enjoyed in one of the bars downtown.

Pre-weekend Events: Thursday, July 12th

Abendessen Traditional German Meal
@ Syracuse Senior Center – 4th & Railroad Street
ADVANCE TICKETS REQUIRED – Meal tickets can be purchased between June 20 – July 3. Available @ these downtown Syracuse businesses: Do It Best Hardware, The Added Touch & AJ’s Coffee House. If you are unable to pick-up your tickets locally, email us by July 3 to request your meal tickets.

*Entertainment begins at 6:00 p.m. with the the Lil’ Miss and Meister GermanFest Competition; followed by the meal (served at approx. 6:30-6:45 p.m.).

Lil’ Miss and Lil’ Meister GermanFest Pageant
@ Syracuse Senior Center – 4th & Railroad Street

*The Lil’ Miss Germanfest Pageant will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m., followed by a traditional German meal (Abendessen) to be served at 6:30 – 6:45 p.m. New this year will be the crowning of a Lil’ Meister! Families are encouraged to join us for the meal, however, ADVANCE TICKETS ARE REQUIRED.  Abendessen meal tickets can be purchased between June 20 – July 3. Available @ these downtown Syracuse businesses: Do It Best Hardware, The Added Touch & AJ’s Coffee House. If you are unable to pick-up your tickets locally, email us by July 3 to request your meal tickets.

Saturday, July 14th

Pancake Breakfast
@ 5th & Midland Streets
Sponsored by St. Paulinus Catholic Church

GermanFest 5K Run & Youth Run
Begins @ Williams Park (near 12th & Chestnut Streets)

Market at GermanFest
Vendor Booths Located on 5th Street

Frequently Asked Questions - Coming Soon

Q. What kinds of items will I find at the market?
A. Every year varies a bit depending on which vendors participate, but in the past have had fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh baked goods and homemade jams, as well as hand-crafted items for the home and garden.

Q. How long will the market be open?

Show & Shine Car Show REGISTRATION
Otoe County Fairgrounds (3rd Street between Midland & Thorne Streets)
*Actual Car Show runs from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Dash Plates Sponsored by Baylor Evnen Curtiss Grimit & Witt LLP

KinderFun Games for Younger Children
@ FirstBank of Nebraska Drive-thru (5th & Midland Streets)
Sponsored by Better Bac 4-H Club

Annual ‘Viener’ Dog Races & ‘Viener Vogue’ Fashion Show
on Railroad Avenue between 4th/Thorne & 5th/Midland Streets

Viener Dog Races begin at 9:30am with the Viener Vogue Fashion Show to follow.

*Register for both by 9:00 a.m. onsite
Sponsored by Arbor Valley Animal Clinic – Syracuse

@ Syracuse United Methodist Church – 6th and Chestnut Streets
Sponsored by Syracuse United Methodist Church

Show & Shine Car Show
@ Otoe County Fairgrounds (3rd Street between Midland & Thorne Streets)
Awards at 3:00 p.m.
Dash Plates Sponsored by Baylor Evnen Curtiss Grimit & Witt LLP

Antique “Hit N’ Miss” Engine Show
@ Otoe County Fairgrounds (3rd and Midland Streets)
Bring your antique hit n’ miss engines and working displays for all to see!
Questions – Tom Jones 402-369-2881

Kinder Parade
Begins @ 5th & Plum Streets

All children are welcome to participate, but must complete an entry form and be accompanied by an adult.
Theme:  _____________ — So join in the fun by decorating your bike, your wagon, your tricycle or yourself!

Sponsored by Dairy Chef & the Syracuse Journal Democrat

Grand Parade
Begins @ 5th & Plum Streets; proceeds down 5th Street, south on Mohawk and down to the Fairgrounds

Otoe County Museum of Memories
@ 336 Poplar Street

Wine Tasting
@ The Safehouse Winery (5th & Midland Streets)

2-Block Beer Garden Opens
@ 5th Street between Thorne & Mohawk Street
Wristbands required for ages 21+
Liquor license by B & J’s Family Restaurant & Lounge

FREE Watermelon Feed
@ 5th & Midland Streets
Sponsored by Midwest Farmers Coop

Little Tuggers Tractor Pull REGISTRATION
Register ONSITE @ FirstBank of Nebraska Drive-thru (5th & Midland Streets)
*Actual Event Begins at 1:30 p.m.
Sponsored by KanEquip Inc., Keim Farm Equipment, Stutheit Implement & Syracuse FFA

Beer Pong Tournament
Register ONSITE @ the Kiosk (5th & Mohawk Streets)
Family – Friendly! Cups will be filled with water!

Inflatables – 20 ft. Water Slide, Sports Games & Bounce House for Kids

@ Otoe County Fairgrounds (3rd Street between Midland & Thorne Streets)
Sponsored by Zahn Construction, Syracuse Dental Clinic & Good Samaritan Society – Syracuse
*Wristband purchase required for UNLIMTED rides.

Helmat Tanzer German Dancers

@ The Green Room in 5th Street Centre
on 5th Street between Plum and Thorne Streets
Sponsored by Nutrien Ltd.

Battle of the Polka Bands REGISTRATION
Register ONSITE @ Kiosk on 5th Street

Fest Keg Tapped in Honor of the Goering Family Royalty
@ 5th & Midland Streets
*Wristband Required for ages 21+

RibFest Competition
@ 5th & Midland Streets
*4:00 p.m. Judging Begins
*5:30 p.m. Winners Announced

RibFest – Meal Prepared by Orchard Hill BBQ
@ 5th & Midland Streets
Sponsored by Countryside Bank & Area Businesses

Greg Blecha Trio
@ 5th & Midland Streets
Sponsored by Lutjemeyer Farms

RibFest Winners Announced
@ 5th & Midland Streets
*See “4:00 p.m. Ribfest Judging Begins” listing above to get entry form & more details about joining the competition!

Concert featuring Aaron Watson
Country Music  ||  Opening Act – Lucas Minor
@ Southwest Edge of Syracuse – just West of the Soccer Field, near the Syracuse Sports Complex

Gates open at 4:00 p.m. | Outdoor Concert with Food, Drinks, & Beer Sold Onsite
Bring Your Own Lawn Chairs or Blanket if You Don’t Want to Stand!

PLEASE NOTE – STRICT GATE SECURITY: clear small bags, no containers, food or weapons may be brought into the concert area. Bag chairs must be open for inspection.

*Concert Ticket/Wristband Purchase Required

Sunday, July 15th

Community Church Service – Syracuse United Methodist Church
@ 6th & Chestnut Streets
Sponsored by the Syracuse Ministerial Committee 

Ice Cream Social & Meal
@ 7th & Plum Streets
Sponsored by St. John’s UCC Church 

BurgerMeister Open Golf Tourney
3-person Staggered Scramble
@ Syracuse Country Club (266 W. 9th Street)
*REGISTER to play by calling SCC at: 402-269-2924

*Schedule above current as of 4-26-18. Day of event announcements take precedence over online or printed event schedules.