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12.) German-American Festival Review – Oregon – August 26, 2022

AUTHOR’S NOTE: I first visited this festival in 2010.

You can read that experience at https://ohiofestivals.net/51-german-american-festival-oregon-august-27-2010/

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After 12 years, I returned to Oak Shade Grove…

…to see my old friends, Mitzi and Mortiz…

…and enjoy an evening at the German-American Festival.

Right off the bat, I consulted the festival map…

…and found myself the closest of many food/drink ticket booths…

…so that I would have plenty of tickets for when I got hungry…

…whether for a small snack, like almonds or pretzels…

…something more substantial, like pommes frites and sauerkraut balls…

…or full-on meals involving sandwiches, brats…

…or complete chicken dinners.

I became aware of some foods that I would have to plan ahead for…

…as the schnitzel had a wait…

…and the line for the potato pancakes was particularly impressive…

…which was probably why many guests were carrying a cold, refreshing waiting companion with them in line…

…purchased from one of the many bars that sold up to 54 different kinds of domestic and international beer.

But I also noticed, outside of line, beer was also enjoyed by couples…

…large gatherings of families and friends…

…and even friends with feathered hats…

…and they enjoyed it in biergartens…

…weingartens…

…amongst a great mass of people…

…and at stein holding competitions,


…where competitors held beer-filled steins for the audience’s entertainment.


And there was even more entertainment at the German-American Festival…


…as there were also dancing performances…


…live music on multiple stages…


…a grand parade that marched through the grounds…

…and a carnival with plenty of rides…

…and multiple prize games.

Finally, there was shopping.

Vendors offered everything from German family history to festival accessories…

…and they ranged from the very traditional…

…to the extremely playful.

There were also festival souvenirs…

…assorted leather goods (Crimson Chain Leatherworks)…

…including these cool steins (Crimson Chain Leatherworks)…

…traditional handmade and painted steins (Haas Stein Haus)…

…and even instant German lederhosen.

You could even shop for German baked goods, cheeses and more…

…at the Swiss Essen Haus…

…which is where I got myself this ham hock dinner with potato salad and pickled eggs…

…and the meat was delicious and so plentiful…

…that it almost prevented me from eating my dessert.

Almost.