GermanFest in Syracuse, NE

Join us in Syracuse, Nebraska for GermanFest on July 8, 2017 for a celebration of our German heritage! A few of the activities include the ‘Viener” Dog Races, KinderFun, German-American singers & dancers, craft and food vendors, parade, RibFest and street dance with Switchbak. A community-wide church service and a golf tournament will be held on Sunday, July 9. See the schedule of events for complete details and plan now to attend this family-friendly event in Syracuse.

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 8, 2017 – 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 and Street Dance festivities). Mixed drinks can be enjoyed in one of the bars just up the street.

Saturday, July 8th -- Tentative Schedule as of 5-3-17

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?
A.

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

Kinder Parade
Area Children Welcome to Participate! Theme: Happy 150th Birthday, Nebraska!
Begins @ 5th & Plum Streets
Sponsored by TBD

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

Grand Parade
Begins @ 5th & Plum Streets; proceeds down 5th Street

Luncheon
@ The Green Room in 5th Street Centre
Sponsored by Syracuse United Methodist Church

Otoe County Museum of Memories
@ 336 Poplar Street

Wine Tasting
@ The Beer Stein (5th & Mohawk Streets)

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

Little Tuggers Tractor Pull REGISTRATION
@ 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

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.

2-Block Beer Garden Opens
@ 5th Street between Thorne & Mohawk Streets
*Wristband Purchase Required

Helmat Tanzer German Dancers

@ The Green Room in 5th Street Centre
on 5th Street between Plum and Thorne Streets
Sponsored by Potash Corp. / PCS Phosphate – Weeping Water

Main Street Wackiness REGISTRATION
Individuals or teams welcome to join in the fun!
@ Kiosk on 5th Street
*Actual Event Begins at 3:00 p.m.

Fest Keg Tapped in Honor of the Goering Family Royalty
@ 5th & Midland Streets
*Wristband Purchase Required

Annual ‘Viener’ Dog Races
on 5th Street between Midland & Mohawk Streets

RibFest
@ 5th & Midland Streets
Sponsored by Countryside Bank & Area Businesses

RibFest Competition Winners Announced
@ 5th & Midland Streets

Greg Blecha Trio
@ 5th & Midland Streets

Street Dance featuring SwitchBak
@ 5th & Midland Streets
*Wristband Purchase Required

Sunday, July 9th -- Tentative Schedule as of 5-3-17

Community Church Service “Under the Tent”
@ 11th & Mohawk Streets
Sponsored by the Syracuse Ministerial Committee 

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

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

FAQs

 

FAQs

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?
A. It will begin at 9:00 a.m. and continue until 4:00 p.m., or until the vendors sell out!