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142nd Annual Volksfest
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The Volksfest

142nd Annual German-American Folk Festival


Proceeds help benefit the Fritz Reuter Altenheim and other charities.

Date: August 21, 2016 - Gates open at 12:00 PM
Location: Schuetzen Park, North Bergen, New Jersey
Admission: $5
Parking: The grounds, on the street, and in nearby municipal lots in Union City
between JFK Blvd West and Bergenline Avenue on 35th, 36th, and 37th streets.
Directions to Schuetzen Park

Oktoberfest’ October 8, 2016.  Gates open at 12:00 PM
Location:  Schuetzen Park, North Bergen, NJ
Admission:  $5.00


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The Plattduetsche Volkfest Vereen of New York and New Jersey proudly presents the region's longest running continuously held festival celebrating German heritage and the contributions of Germans to the building of the United States.

The Masskrugstemmen Competition is sponsored by Hofbräuhaus. The winner will ride on the Hofbräuhaus float in the Steuben Parade and compete in Central Park against winners from HB locations across the US for a trip to Munich. Thousands are expected to attend under sunny skies. The festival will feature Hofbräu Original, Oktoberfest, and Hefe Weizen beers from Hofbräuhaus, imported directly from the brewery in Munich, Germany.

Volunteers will serve traditional festival foods from the 'wursts', leberkase, and German regional fish specialties to spectacular potato pancakes and sweet desserts. There will be expanded entertainment and games for children of all ages with a full German marketplace in the Casino, clowns, ice cream and “The Moonwalk” for families.

Did anybody say "Schnapps"? Stop by the (appropriately named) "Schnapps Booth" for the tastes of some of the world’s best apple, corn, and herbal shots from Niche.

The Senator Lounge of Schuetzen Park will keep the party going long after the tent shuts down.

German Church Service is in the Altenheim Chapel at 10:30 AM.

Little Miss Schuetzen Park - The winner of this competition has the opportunity to ride on this year's PVV Float in the Steuben Parade in September. Parents of girls wishing to enter the competition should seek requirements and information from the organizers at "pageant@volksfest.org"

The "Schuetzen Koenig"
- Who's the best shot??? NY Schuetzen Corp organizes the shooting competition at the range located inside the Senator Lounge. Try your 'expert' skill to become the Volksfest "Schuetzen Koenig".

The Steuben Parade

59th Annual German-American Steuben Parade

Date: September 17, 2016
Location: Fifth Avenue in New York City

The 142 year old Plattduetsche Volksfest Vereen of New York & New Jersey (PVV) is leading the celebration of germanic cultures.

Athough the name is German-American Steuben Parade, it does not depict just the accomplishments of German immigrants and their descendants alone, but includes those of all German-speaking counties, such as Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Northern Italy, as well as all the German-speaking provinces in Central and Eastern Europe.

Steuben Pararde Official Website

Parade History

The purpose and aim of this Parade is to provide all Americans and our leaders with a visual picture of the part played by Germanic immigrants and their descendants in the development of the United States by depicting noteworthy historic events on colorful floats: from Franz Daniel Pastorius, leader of the first group from Krefeld, founder of the first permanent German settlement in Germantown, Philadelphia in 1683; to John Peter Zenger, father of the Freedom of the Press; to Carl Schurz who helped elect President Lincoln and founded the National Parks system; to such statesmen as as Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and Herbert Hoover, Congressman Hamilton Fish, Senator Robert F. Wagner, his son Robert Wagner, Mayor of New York City, to such statesmen as Henry Kissinger; as well as men of science, such as John Roebling, Ottmar Mergenthaler, Albert Einstein, Wernher von Braun, and many others, e.g., Levy Strauss.

Within American pop culture descendants of Germanic heritage include Sandra Bullock, David Hasselhoff, Siegfried & Roy, uber-models Claudia Schiffer and Heidi Klum, sport stars such as Michael Schumacher and Boris Becker, and baseball legends Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.

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The Parade Organization

The continued success of the Parade from the first to the present is due to the dedication and commitment of many individuals and affiliated organizations who are to be commended for their efforts. Over the years the Parade has grown tremendously with the participation of many members from the Germanic-American Community, including singing societies, sports clubs, social and welfare groups, fraternal orders, religious groups, trade unions, folklore and dance groups, carnival societies and many more. In addition, many thousands of participants from German speaking countries and/or areas are attracted to New York for the Parade every year, encouraging the spirit of German-American friendship.

Honor Night

Honoring William Koehler

Date: November 6, 2016
Location: Schuetzen Park, North Bergen, New Jersey

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