FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The 35th annual Germanfest festival officially began Wednesday as officials tapped the traditional keg.
Organizer Ken Scheibenberger, Fort Wayne Deputy Mayor Karl Bandemer and Headwaters Park Alliance head Geoff Paddock combined to tap the aged keg at 11 a.m. Wednesday under the Headwaters Park pavilion. It marked the opening of the festival’s food and beer tent.
Featured events for the week include a beer stein relay race, the Legs N’ Lederhosen competition and the popular Wienerdog Nationals race.
Started in 1981, Germanfest was designed to bring a German folk festival to the Summit City. It quickly grew into one of the most well-attended events in Fort Wayne during the summer and was recognized as the unofficial start to the city’s festival season.
Germanfest technically began Sunday with cultural and musical events held around the city through Tuesday. The Fort Wayne Männerchor/Damenchor, the second-oldest singing society in Indiana, hosted the opening ceremony at Park Edelweiss.
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Heavy rainfall potential Friday night and Saturday
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Heavy rainfall potential Overnight Tuesday and Wednesday morning
Heavy rainfall south of Fort Wayne
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A list of scheduled events can be found on the Germanfest website.
The festival pavilion and beer tent runs Wednesday through Saturday.
Wed. & Thur. 11 a.m. – midnight
Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.
2 p.m. – 5 p.m. $2
After 5 p.m. $5
Children under 14 and military FREE w/ I.D.
Minors must be accompanied by an adult and no one under 21-years-old permitted after 9:30 p.m.