German-American Volksfest Hohenfels

Photo Credit: U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria

By Editor

First work, then fun: That’s also true for this year’s German-American Friendship Week in Hohenfels. It will be postponed because the U.S. soldiers first have to finish a combat exercise.

The exercise, led by the U.S. Army, is called “Saber Junction 2017” and takes place from Friday, April 28 to Friday, May 19 and is the reason why the German-American Volksfest in Hohenfels will be postponed. This year, friendship week starts on Wednesday, May 17 at 4 p.m. in the beer tent.

Country music and Fireworks display

Photo Credit: U.S. Army Garrison BavariaThe fest is hosted by Col. Curtis A. Buzzard, Commander, Operations Group, JMRC, and Col. Lance C. Varney, Commander, USAG Bavaria. The U.S. military requested that the first Volksfest in the region be postponed so that the soldiers can participate in the fest after finishing the “Saber Junction 2017” exercise. German-American Friendship Week lasts until Sunday, May 21. Once again, it will end with training area tours which would not have been possible during an exercise. A large entertainment program with many rides is also in the planning again. It includes a children’s afternoon, a country music evening, a military vehicle exhibition, line dance and a fireworks display.

 

Training area tours

Photo Credit: U.S. Army Garrison BavariaFrom Wednesday, May 17 to Friday, May 19, the fest opens every day at 4 p.m. On Saturday, Gate 1 already opens at noon (military vehicle exhibition, U.S. Car Franconia meeting with exhibition and line dance at the bumper car ride. On Sunday, May 21, Gate 1 opens at 9 a.m. Bus tours are offered from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets will be handed out at the staircase leading from the parking lot/airfield to the fest grounds.

Other attractions on that day include the military vehicle exhibition and the performance of “Asian-Pacific-Heritage,” a Hawaiian dance group. popular bands play in the beer tent on all days.

 

 

 

Program German-American Volksfest Hohenfels

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Gate 1 opens at 3.30 p.m.
4-11 p.m. – Fest opening hours
4-6 p.m. – Every ride only 1 Euro per person on all rides
4-5 p.m. – Opening ceremony with keg tapping in the beer tent with the youth brass band from Hohenfels and the black powder shooters from Velburg
5-5.30 p.m. – Bavarian Olympics in the beer tent
7.30-midnight – Musical entertainment in the beer tent by “Gipfelstürmer”

Thursday, May 18, 2017 (Children’s and Family Day)
Gate 1 opens at 3.30 p.m.
4-11 p.m. – Fest opening hours
4-8 p.m. – Children’ and Family Day with up to 50% discount on all rides and other attractive offers
6-10.45 p.m. – Country music evening with “Country Blend”
8 p.m.– Line dancing performance at the bumper car ride (the bumper car ride will take a 30 minute-break)

Friday, May 19, 2017
Gate 1 opens at 3.30 p.m.
4 p.m. – midnight – Fest opening hours
7-11 p.m. – Musical entertainment in the beer tent by “Ö’ha”

Saturday, May 20, 2017
Gate 1 opens at noon
12.30 p.m. – midnight – Fest opening hours
12.30-6 p.m. – U.S. military vehicle exhibition
12.30-5 p.m. – U.S. Car Franconia meeting and exhibition in the parking lot
3-4 p.m. – Performance of an American youth dance group
7 p.m.- Line dancing performance at the bumper car ride (the bumper car ride will take a 30 minute-break)
7 p.m. – midnight – Country- and Western music by “CB66 – Line dance-Country-Band” in the beer tent
around 10.30 p.m. – Fireworks display

Sunday, May 21, 2017
Gate 1 opens at 9 a.m.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. – Bus tours through the training area
11 a.m.-9 p.m. – Fest opening hours
11 a.m.-6 p.m. – U.S. military vehicle exhibition
1-3 p.m. – Performance of “Asian-Pacific-Heritage,” a Hawaiian dance group
3-5 p.m. – Musical entertainment in the beer tent
5-9 p.m. – End of fest with “Bayern Express”

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Credits: U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria

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