OREGON, OH, July 10, 2020: The
German-American Festival Society, parent of the German-American
Festival, last night voted to cancel the 55th German-American
Festival scheduled to be held August 27-30, 2020 at Oak Shade
Grove in Oregon, OH.
“This decision was held off until
the last possible moment and was not arrived at lightly. Our
Board of Trustees took the mandates issued by the State of Ohio
concerning mass gatherings into consideration. But ultimately it
is the welfare and safety of our guests, vendors, entertainers,
and volunteers, with respect to COVID-19, that we made this
painful decision. With the revised guidelines regarding mass
gatherings and social distancing changing daily, the only
responsible thing to do was cancel this event for 2020,” said
Joe Petersberger, Chairman for the 55th German-American
This will be the first time since
its inception in 1966 that the German-American Festival has been
canceled. For 55 years, the German-American Festival has been a
summertime staple, welcoming guests to enjoy the hospitality and
culture of Germany and Switzerland. What began as a small
“picnic” in 1966 has become a highlight event in Northwest Ohio.
Last year, the festival welcomed approximately 40,000 people.
“The German-American Festival
Society and German-American Festival Committee would like to
thank the countless number of people who have supported us over
the years and we look forward to welcoming you all to the
German-American Festival next year from August 26-29, 2021.