GermanFest in Syracuse, NE



Join us for non- stop music with

4 on The Floor 


Chad Lee





CANCELLED-Saturday, August 29, 2020

PLEASE NOTE THAT 2021 GermanFest will need new committee chairs. If you are interested in helping plan the day, contact

Join us in Syracuse, Nebraska for GermanFest on August 29, 2020  This celebration of our German heritage features family-friendly events all day long! You will see the date has changed and so has the location. All events will be held at the Otoe County Fair Grounds.

  • 12th Annual ‘Viener’ Dog Races
  • The Grand Parade
  • KinderFun
  • German Food
  • Kids Peddle Tractor Pull
  • Tapping of the Fest Keg
  • RibFest
  • Beer Garden
  • Musical entertainment all day!
    • Grech Blecha
    • Chad Lee
    • 4 on The Floor

See below for a FULL SCHEDULE OF ALL EVENTS. Events will be updated as they are confirmed. Check back often.

**Would you like to be a vendor at Market Platz? **

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 13, 2019 – 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 purchased onsite. Canned domestic and a German beer can be consumed within the designated areas (including the RibFest festivities and Concert). Mixed drinks can be enjoyed in one of the bars downtown.

Q. What is prohibited to bring in to the concert? 

Q. Is there anything else I need to know about attending the concert? 
A. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Cash bar, no ATM. Lawn chairs are allowed out of the bag. No umbrellas. Food trucks available.

Saturday, August 29, 2020- All events are located at or near the Otoe County Fair Grounds.

Pfannkuchenfutter  &  Frühstück

Pancake feed and German breakfast

Sponsored by St. Paulinus Catholic Church

Located- Fair Center

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

July 13th, 2019 – 5K – 7:30 a.m.-late registration and t-shirt pick up
7:45-8:00 (Loose start time) Race iPad Gun Start Time
5K Run/Walk
Kids Run around William’s Park following the 5K run.

Contact -Rachel Zahn –
*Proceeds to benefit the Community Food Bank Backpack Program. The Backpack program provides weekend meals for local families in need.

Join us for the announcement of this years royalty. King, Queen, BurgerMeister.

Watch the Lil Miss and Meister interviews and see who wins!

Location-Fair Center

TBD-Heimat Tanzer German/American Dancers
@ Fair Center after completion of Royalty
Join us and see authentic German dancing!

Market Platz at GermanFest
Vendor Booths Located Otoe County Fair Grounds

Please contact Penny Trueblood at 402-269-4079 for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions - Coming Soon

Q. What kind 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?
A. We prefer the vendors to be open 9-4pm.

Q. Are there electrical outlets?
A. There are a very limited number available. Bring your own quiet generator.

Q. What are the sizes of the booths. 
A. A single booth is 10′ x 10′. It is possible to reserve double spaces. No tables or chairs will be provided.

Q. Is there any inside space for vendors?  
A. Yes, the FirstBank of Nebraska Basement will be available for booths. Locate at 320 5th Street, corner of 5th and Midland.

Q. When can I set up my booth?
A. Outside vendors may start at 7am and inside vendors can set up Friday night from 6-8pm.

*For more information, contact Penny at 402-269-4079.


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

12th Annual ‘Viener’ Dog Races
Located Otoe County Fair Grounds

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

Little Tuggers Tractor Pull REGISTRATION
Register ONSITE @ Fair Grounds
*Actual Event Begins at 10:30 a.m.

Little Tuggers Tractor Pull
Otoe County Fair Grounds. Near the corner of 3rd Street & Midland

Fest Keg Tapped in Honor of the Goering Family Royalty
Fair Grounds
*Wristband Required for ages 21+

Beer Garden Opens
Fair Grounds
Wristbands required for ages 21+

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

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

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

Kinder Parade
Begins @ 5th & Plum Streets

All children are welcome to participate, but must complete an entry form and be accompanied by an adult. Registration starts at 11:30 a.m. at 5th & Plum Street across from Granneman Agency, west side.

Theme:   ??? — So join in the fun by decorating your bike, your wagon, your tricycle or yourself!

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

KinderFun German Games for Younger Children
@ Otoe County Fair Grounds

FREE Watermelon Feed
@ Otoe County Fair Grounds
Sponsored by Frontier  Cooperative

Otoe County Museum Open to the Public
366 Poplar Street

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

@ Otoe County Fairgrounds
*Wristband purchase required for UNLIMTED rides.

HammerSchlagen (Stump Game)
@ 5th & Midland Streets
*Ages 18+
Grand Meister- Jerry Werner presiding

Ribfest BBQ Competition
Fair Grounds-use your nose and you’ll find them!
*See form for entry-not updated for 2020
Sponsored by the Countryside Bank

RibFest – Meal Prepared by Orchard Hill BBQ
@ Fair Grounds, served out of shelter.
Sponsored by Countryside Bank & Area Businesses

Greg Blecha Trio
Fair Grounds, near RibFest

Evening Entertainment-

Chad Lee

4 on The Floor

Located in the chain-link fence near arena.

Join us for back to back music that won’t stop!

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Community Church Service – Luther Memorial Church
1162 Mohawk Street
Sponsored by the Syracuse Ministerial Committee 

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 6-28-19. Day of event announcements take precedence over online or printed event schedules.