By Renate Gradl
Grafenwoehr, Germany — It’s that time of the year again: Just like last year, “Little America” opens its doors again this year. U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria cordially invites the entire population to celebrate the German-American Volksfest at Grafenwoehr Training Area. The fest is held August 4-6, 2017. Fest grounds are open from 11 a.m. to midnight on August 4 and 5, and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on August 6.
A large entertainment park with many rides is waiting for visitors at Camp Kasserine. Additionally, there are 100 different booths with souvenirs and gifts and a large variety of food, including American ice cream, barbeque ribs, tacos, nachos, chili, barbeque chicken, hot dogs, hamburger, steaks, baked potatoes, gyros, smoked fish and egg rolls. Together, the American and German Armed Forces will present a static display of weapons systems and equipment.
Access to the Volksfest by vehicle is only possible through via B-299 and gate 6 near Gründerzentrum Grafenwoehr. Sufficient parking spaces are available on the training area and in the town of Grafenwoehr. A shuttle bus service is also available, taking visitors every 15 to 30 minutes from the parking areas downtown Grafenwoehr to the fest grounds and back. Bus stops are located at the municipal outdoor pool, on Marienplatz (at the town hall), at the German post office on Alte Amberger Straße and at the Gründerzentrum.
As in the past years, vehicle and identity checks will be conducted. Visitors are asked to carry a valid personal identification card. Bag packs, large bags and purses, coolers and picnic boxes are not allowed on the fest grounds.
Friday, August 4 is family day. All rides charge reduced rates from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. There will be many rides for the entire family to include Space Party, Rollover, Polyp and the Kugel, to name just a few. Fun activities for kids will be offered as well. The fest will be opened at 11 a.m. with the tapping of the keg in the fest tent. Musical entertainment during the three-day fest is provided by the Pressather Musikanten, the Kemnath City Band, “Midnight Ladies. the Ehenbachthaler band from Hirschau and the Dießfurt band. More musical entertainment is provided by various bands in the MWR tent.
Photo Credit: Midnight Ladies, Renate Gradl, Gerals Morgenstern