VolkFest 2018

WMBD This Morning

On Sunday, July 1st the Peoria German-American Society will be hosting their annual Volksfest at Hickory Grove Park from noon to 8 pm –  Free Admission and Parking.

This is a family friendly event.

Hickory Grove Park, 12503 Hickory Grove Rd., Dunlap is just north of Peoria.  Take Route 40 North to Hickory Grove Rd.  Turn East and look for additional signs. 

Volksfests or People’s Fests began in Germany.  There is typically at least one Volksfest in many larger German cities each year.  Stuttgart is considered to host the largest Volksfest in the world.  German emigrants to the United States brought the tradition of the Volksfest with them.  The Peoria German American Society has hosted a Volksfest at their club grounds since the 1930’s.

Entertainment by:  Ratskeller Brummers, Lindenhof Echoes, and Grammy Nominee, Eddie Korosa from Chicago.

A Classic Car and Motorcycle Cruis’n runs from noon to 5:00 pm, featuring cars, trucks & motorcycles made prior to 1990.  Both domestic and import vehicles can participate.  Entry is free.  The driver or rider will receive a pass good for one beverage or sandwich if they arrive before 2pm.

A German gift tent will be open offering a number of imported items from Germany for sale.  We will also be hosting a Fine Arts and Craft Village featuring a variety of handmade items from local handi-crafters.  Craft fairs, markets and craft guilds have a long history in Germany.  The craft show will run from noon-5pm.  Contact Jeff Pulfer at 309-444-4656 for more details about becoming a vendor or e-mail:  Jeff.Pulfer44444@gmail.com.

Other activities will include:  soccer, folkdancing, 50/50 rafffle, and a shooting tent.  Air gun shooters have the opportunity to earn prizes.  A Kinder Park is available for the kids. 

Food to be served that day will include smoked pork chops, bratwurst, Heidelburgers, sauerkraut, German potato salad, and more.  Homemade ice cream and assorted deserts are also available.
German and domestic beer are available, along with soft drinks and a cash bar.  No outside coolers are permitted.  Only service dogs are allowed.

For more details on this event or any other Peoria German-American Society events go to our website at: www.peoriagermans.net

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