Virginia This Morning airs LIVE Monday through Friday from 9 am to 10 am. Unfortunately, all members of the original Oktoberfest Committee, except Erich Albus and Ursula Sorensen, have passed away. This year the featured band is the renowned Oktoberfest Party Band ”Die Lustigen Almdudler” from Syracuse, New York. (804)-353-6455 var todaystring=montharray[todaym]+" "+todayd+", "+todayy The cheapest way to get from Richmond Station to Oktoberfest, Munich costs only 51€, and the quickest way takes just 5½ hours. } Today and tomorrow is Oktoberfest. " Hans Stienen , President, (804) 451-4344 Brad Ewald, Vice President, (804) 353-6455 The Richmond Oktoberfest is gearing up for its two-night annual event on Friday, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Showplace in Mechanicsville from 6 p.m. to midnight. One of the groups that performed at that occasion was the Washingtonia Bavarian Dance Group from Washington D. C. Ed Lohmann, Erich Albus and his wife Christel, as well as others of the Richmond German Community attended the celebration. While Erich and Ursula have long since retired from organizing the Oktoberfest, both still are volunteer workers who help put on the Oktoberfest. There was no date on the first stein nor did it say “1st Richmond Oktoberfest”, because no one knew at that time that the event would continue in future years. The 51st Annual Richmond Oktoberfest is changing dates to the first weekend of October. In recognition of their work to promote German culture and foster good relations between the United States and Germany through their work with the Oktoberfest, the Federal Republic of Germany awarded Ed Lohmann, Fritz Schwenk, and Erich Albus the “Bundes Verdienst Kreuz” (“Federal Cross of Merit”), a high civilian honor. The Oktoberfest banner designed by Adolf Naujokat, which Fritz Schwenk had made for the first Oktoberfest, is still used today as part of the elaborate decorations which adorn the hall. The two Richmond German Clubs who annually host this event, the Deutscher Sportclub, and the Gesangverein Virginia are relatively small. Needless to say, it turned into a great party. Ed, Fritz, Adolph, and Erich secured the financing for this event from the two German Clubs. The First Oktoberfest Committee consisted of: Ed Lohmann, Adolph Naujokat, Fritz Schwenk, Herbert van der Rydt, Joe Illig, Frank Berling, Erich Albus, and the first secretary, Ursula Sorensen. He shared the idea with his Vice-President, Frederick (Fritz) Schwenk. Not only does it help put on the Richmond Oktoberfest, but it also uses proceeds from the Oktoberfest to give scholarships to college students in the Richmond area studying German language and literature. Board of Directors Ed later recalled that his response to Fritz was, ‘I think that’s a damn good idea.’. var todayy=today.getYear() Richmond Oktoberfest 2021 Oct 2021 Dates Unconfirmed | Richmond, VA | Seasonal Festival information may not be up to date due to COVID-19, but you can view our list of cancellations here. Additional banners were made for the 25th and 35th Anniversaries of the Oktoberfest. This annual fun and festive event is marked with delicious German food, tasty beer and good entertainment. September 26, 2020. https://deutschersportclubrichmond.com/, Gesangverein Virginia, https://gesangvereinvirginia.com, Copyright © 2018 (804) 451-4344 After some years, the two clubs incorporated the Richmond Oktoberfest as a non-profit corporation under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia. From the beginning the committee decided that the Fest should be an authentic German style festival filled with good German entertainment, that would result in what the Germans call “Gemütlichkeit” (cozy, homelike, informal, good natured) fun. These beer steins, designed in Richmond, but made in Germany, have become collector’s items in many homes. Richmond Oktoberfest Inc. The primary emphasis is on high quality bands, which not only can play traditional German Oktoberfest music and sing in German, but which can also play a variety of music and create great crowd participation. Imported German beer, German food for your dining (including Bratwurst, Knockwurst and Landjaeger from Milwaukee), and a truckload of authentic German pastries and bread fresh from the Reinecker Bakery in Macedonia, Ohio. Historic Depot District Oktoberfest Celebration! This event is a sample of German Bavarian culture at its best. Come celebrate at the only authentic Oktoberfest in central Virginia. These events reminded Ed Lohmann, who was then the President of the Gesangverein Virginia (GV), that he always wanted to bring the Oktoberfest to the people of Richmond. In 2018, for the 50th Anniversary, a traditional German style banner, known as a “Standarte” was made to be carried in processions, both at the Oktoberfest and elsewhere, to represent the Richmond Oktoberfest. A Oktoberfest é também uma feira de produtos e diversões celebrada em Munique (München), no estado da Baviera (Bayern), no sul da Alemanha, e disseminada por vários lugares do mundo. Brad Ewald, Vice President, The 1969 Fest exceeded all expectations with almost 500 people in attendance. Richmond, VA 23234, Hans Stienen , President, A Oktoberfest (também conhecida como "Wiesn" em Munique [1]) é um festival de cerveja originado em Munique, Alemanha.Foi criado pelo rei bávaro Luís I para celebrar o seu casamento em 1810. var futurestring=montharray[m-1]+" "+d+", "+yr The Richmond Oktoberfest was started in 1969 by two ethnic German clubs, the “Gesangverein Virginia” and the “Deutscher Sportclub”. These gentlemen and some cohorts from the two clubs met at the Gesangverein meeting place, the old Virginia Inn on North Chamberlayne Avenue, where they formed a committee that worked out the details for the first Richmond Oktoberfest. var todayd=today.getDate() (804)-451-4344 hans.stienen@comcast.net, Brad Ewald, Vice President else if (difference>0) Ed had already become aware of the popularity of this festival among American GI’s when he was stationed in Bavaria (8 years prior to 1965), but the Army would not grant him leave to attend during those years of military service. Box 37472 Richmond, VA 23234. The 51st Annual Richmond Oktoberfest is changing dates to the first weekend of October. brad.l.ewald@altria.com. The Presidents of the two clubs appoint the members of the Oktoberfest’s Board of Directors and the Oktoberfest continues to be actively supported by both German clubs and their members. 1,133 likes. The Richmond Oktoberfest is the most authentic German folk fest in Virginia. This feature is not available right now. The first of these Karneval events is the Kappenfest, which we celebrate after the 11th day of the eleventh month, when the Karneval season starts and the Karneval Ball, which is celebrated prior to Ash Wednesday. P.O. Upon entering the building, the Board of Directors was immediately struck by similarity to the interior of a beer tent at the Munich Oktoberfest and the suitability of the building for the Richmond Oktoberfest. The original Richmond Oktoberfest was and remains “the real deal”. if (difference==0) document.write(current) Today, it is a German social club dedicated to the preservation of German traditions and language in the Richmond metro area. Oktoberfest, Richmond-style T he end of September brings a bevy of festivals and events to Richmond, not least among these St. Benedict Catholic Church's Oktoberfest celebrations. var todaym=today.getMonth() The Annual Richmond Oktoberfest is the largest German / American Oktoberfest festival in the state of Virginia, playing host to nearly 5,000 people over the two day indoor event. This year the featured band is the renowned Oktoberfest Party Band ”Die Lustigen Almdudler” from Syracuse, New York. Hans Stienen , President, (804) 451-4344 Brad Ewald, Vice President, (804) 353-6455 Oktoberfest of Richmond, Inc. P.O. The Hirschjaeger Verein performs the Doppeltanz at the Richmond Showplace History:The idea for the Richmond Oktoberfest first occurred to Mr. Edwin Lohmann after he attended the Munich Oktoberfest in Germany in 1965. Richmond Oktoberfest brings the spirit of Munich to the heart of Virginia with proceeds benefiting... Jump to They take part in the opening ceremonies of the Oktoberfest and typically an Ambassador’s representative crowns the Richmond Oktoberfest Queen. Come celebrate the coming of Oktober with friends and soon-to-be-made friends at this year’s OKTOBERFEST in the Historic Depot District of Richmond, Indiana! countdown(2019,10,4). Because of increasing popularity and larger attendance, the Oktoberfest was moved to the Exhibition Hall at the Virginia State Fairgrounds at Strawberry Hill in 1980. //enter the count down date using the format year/month/day SGTEV Hirschjäger performs Staffelseer at the 2016 Richmond Oktoberfest. The original Richmond Oktoberfest was and remains “the real deal”. Richmond Oktoberfest Video. Even though The Showplace is now a Roses, Richmond Oktoberfest will be held this year on Oct. 18 and 19 at Richmond International Raceway in the Old Dominion Building. Richmond Oktoberfest Toggle header content. The 51st Annual Oktoberfest returns to Richmond Oktoberfest is celebrated in cities all around the world, including here in the River City. The beer served was Richbrau, which was then brewed in Richmond. Some things are different, but many things remain the same. The entire venue is decorated in German style, so as to create an appropriate ambiance for the German party. A large brick structure on the Register of Historic Landmarks, it had sloping ceilings on four sides, surrounding an elevated roof in the center, which was over a 63 by 100 foot cattle judging area. It's for the whole family to enjoy. Video. Make sure your plans include Oktoberfest in Richmond's Historic Depot District! Last weekend marked their 10th annual Oktoberfest in which they remember the German heritage of Richmond with traditional Bavarian polka, dancers, food, and of course, beer! In 1968, a planning meeting was held with GV President Ed Lohmann, GV Vice-President Frederic (Fritz) Schwenk, DSC President Adolph Naujokat, and past DSC President Erich Albus in attendance. This event is a sample of German Bavarian culture at its best. Gary Ilch, Alexander Raring, Anne Boraas, Sonny Cecil, Carmen Hoge, Armin Grashoff, Graham Sherrod Jr., Christian Staiger, Doug Kountz, Erich Pickelhaupt. var current="Don\'t forget. While it doesn’t have the size of the original Oktoberfest in Munich, it is very much like a real local or regional Folkfest in Germany. Another element of the Richmond Oktoberfest that has carried on since the beginning is the emphasis on German style entertainment. This is Richmond's original, authentic German Oktoberfest, supported by the Gesangverein Virginia and the Deutscher Sports Club. Find the travel option that best suits you. May it endure for another fifty years. The Oktoberfest Board of Directors thought of moving back to the “Exhibition Hall” at what was now the Richmond Raceway Complex and went to look at that building. It had been built in 1943 and was designed by William Lawrence Bottomley, the well-known architect who designed many of the most impressive Colonial Revival homes on Richmond’s Monument Avenue. Fritz suggested to Ed that they include the Deutscher Sportclub Richmond (DSC) in their plan to start a Richmond Oktoberfest. Teacher shortages & declining enrollment: VA … 401 N. 3rd Street   |   Richmond, VA 23219   |   (804) 782-2777, © 2021 Visit Richmond VA. All Rights Reserved, $12 in advance; $12 seniors and military; kids under 15 free; $15 at the door. Click here to view the Events page of the Deutscher Sport Club, Richmond, Richmond Oktoberfest, Inc. is owned and operated by Deutscher Sportclub Richmond and Gesangverein Virginia, Deutscher Sportclub Richmond, VA You may be aware of the fact that the Richmond Oktoberfest is the largest and most authentic Fest of its kind in Virginia. The Richmond Oktoberfest has not gone unnoticed in Germany. Fritz Schwenk had an Oktoberfest banner made for use at the 1969 Oktoberfest, which was designed by Adolf Naujokat. var montharray=new Array("Jan","Feb","Mar","Apr","May","Jun","Jul","Aug","Sep","Oct","Nov","Dec") Hirschjäger Bavarian Dancers. As they were leaving, one of the Board members, Russ Boraas, convinced them to also look at the Old Dominion Building, which had been the State Fair’s cattle barn. E Current local and state regulations covering festivals like Oktoberfest, as well as our desire to provide a safe environment for our many wonderful guests, volunteers, entertainers, sponsors, and vendors, make hosting an event this year impossible. So, in 1969, the first Oktoberfest of Richmond was held at the old Holiday Inn (The Abbey) on Robin Hood Road. Watching the dancers reminded Ed of his years in Germany and the Oktoberfest he had attended in Munich. The Richmond Oktoberfest actually helped foster another group of great entertainers. German Sep 24, 2016 - The 50th Annual Richmond Oktoberfest. The result was that he spontaneously invited the entire bus load of dancers to his house. The Annual Richmond Oktoberfest is the largest German / American Oktoberfest festival in the state of Virginia, playing host to nearly 5,000 people over the two day indoor event. The Richmond Oktoberfest is the most authentic German folk fest in Virginia. var difference=(Math.round((Date.parse(futurestring)-Date.parse(todaystring))/(24*60*60*1000))*1) Around 1967, a new Safeway Store was opened in Richmond, and since they planned to have a large selection of goods from around the world, this store became known as the International Safeway. Over the years, it has transitioned from a men’s soccer team to a social club for both men and women, who gather to celebrate a variety of German festivals such as two Karneval parties. This year, the Richmond Arts and Music Council is planning our First Annual Richmond Oktoberfest to celebrate the German heritage of our community. » Location: Richmond, Virginia » Duration: October 17 and 18, 2014 This is the 46th annual celebration of the Richmond Oktoberfest, and it is the largest one of this category held in the state of Virginia. “Gesangverein Virginia” means “Singing Association of Virginia”. The Gesangverein began in 1852 when German immigrant men living in Richmond decided to get together to sing the songs of their homeland. It’s for the whole family to … var before="the 2019 Richmond Oktoberfest - October 4 & 5!" Since the Richmond Oktoberfest began in 1969, many civic groups, bars and even churches have more recently discovered Oktoberfest and have started sponsoring Oktoberfest themed events as fund raisers. Oktoberfest of Richmond, Inc. P.O. Theme SKT-Biz Pro, Oktoberfest of Richmond, Inc. In 1970 the Oktoberfest moved to “The Arena”, which was located on Hermitage Road where the Diamond Complex and the Arthur Ashe Center are now located. It is of a traditional type carried in parades by many clubs and civic organizations throughout Germany as their official emblem. Now after fifty years, the Board of Directors of the Richmond Oktoberfest promises to continue to provide the citizens of the greater Richmond area with an “authentic” annual German Oktoberfest. New “Standarte” (Flag) first shown at the 50th Anniversary. In 2013 the Show Place property was converted into a Roses store and the Oktoberfest was once again forced to look for a new home. Now after 50 years, the Oktoberfest of Richmond has grown from the 500 people in 1969 to about 4500 people over two nights. Other events are the Sommernachtsfest (Mid Summer Night Festival), the annual German Style Christmas Party, and other parties and picnics. The vendor market will included crafts, food, clothing, books, jewelry, nail art, photography, fall decor and outdoor fun. (804) 353-6455. The Oktoberfest was held at the Arena for 10 years and became a two-night event (Friday and Saturday) in 1975. 5½ hours annually host this event is a sample of German Bavarian culture at its best and... “ Gesangverein Virginia are relatively small German clubs who annually host this event is a sample German... 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