Akron German Family Society

Akron German Family Society

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Call now to make your reservation as Maifest 2017 is this Sat. May 20th.....Akron German Family Society

Call now to make your reservations for this Saturday's Maifest on May 20th at 5:30pm.
Reservations can be made by calling Mrs. Moellmann at 330-633-3949 or Mrs. Lehner at 330-335-8985.

Maifest at the German Family society is a Dinner Dance, and the JR YOUTH GROUP will entertain with a set of folk Dances, including a traditional Maypole dance. There will be some fun basket raffles to enhance to evening festivities.
Carolyn Langenfeld and Lisa Blaser are the Junior Youth group dance instructors and they shared some thoughts on Maifest. Maifest (or Mayfest in English) is the traditional celebration of the arrival of spring.  A key component of Maifest is the Maibaum (literally: May tree) or, as we call it in English, the Maypole. A Maibaum is typically adorned with spring flowers and ribbons, but some also include placards and signs, sausages and cakes to show off the history and crafts of a town. Traditionally, the Maibaum would be set up in the middle of a town, and had to be guarded, as neighboring towns would attempt to steal them from each other and hold them for ransom...often a keg of beer.  Tradition states that dancing around the Maibaum brings revelers good luck and wealth.
In Bavaria, young men would cajole eligible girls to dance around the Maibaum with them, in hopes of a Spring wedding. If a wedding were to result, the Maibaum would be placed in front of the bride's house.
Carolyn, thank you very much for sharing!

Also, K&C Band will be on hand for your favorite music to dance throughout the evening of Maifest.
Please, call now to make your reservations! See below for details...

Monday, May 15, 2017

2017 3rd Annual Lederhosen 5K....Sept. 9th......Akron German Family Society

Save the date  and register early for our 2017 3rd Annual Lederhosen 5K Run......, including a 1 mile walk and a 50 yard Toddler Dash. This will be the third year for this event and promises to be fun for all ages as many will run and walk in German themed costumes! Bring your family and friends!
Immediately after the run there will be many prizes and awards given. Enjoy food and beverages that will be available in support of the Youth Group.

***Plan on coming back for our Oktoberfest on the same afternoon of the run. Registration does not include entrance to the Oktoberfest.
Register for 2017 3rd Annual Lederhosen 5K. here

Event details and schedule....


5k Early Bird $20 Through May 31. (New This Year)

$25 5-K Pre-Registration June 1 - September 8 (T-Shirt Guaranteed when registered by: 8/31/17)

$30 5-K Day-of-Race Registration 7AM-8:30AM Saturday, September 9, 2017 (T-Shirt NOT guaranteed)

$20 per person 5K Group Rate. Minimum 5 runners. (T-Shirt Guaranteed when registered by: 8/31/17)  (New This Year)

$20 1-Mile Fun Run Registration  (T-Shirt Guaranteed when registered by: 8/31/17)

$25 1-Mile Fun Run Day of Race (T-Shirt NOT guaranteed)

$10 50-yd.Toddler Dash (under 5 - No T-Shirt Available)

($3.00 Extra for 2XL T-shirts)

Online Registration will end on 9/8/17 at 12pm

Race Day on Sept 8, 2017

Parking: Main Entrance, Main Lot

Dress: German Costume (There is a costume contest)

Registration and Sign ins @ 7:00 - 8:30 a.m.

5K Race Starts @ 9:00 a.m.

1-Mile Fun Run starts shortly after the 5K runners

50 yard toddler dash is held after the 5K run is finished

Course Info:

The race starts and finishes at the German Family Society 3871 Ranfield Road Kent, Ohio. The race will primarily be on Ranfield Road and in the neighborhood adjacent to the German Family Society.

Finish Line Beer Garden:
In addition to a goodie/gift bag and post race nourishment, your registration includes one free drink (Draft Beer/Soda/Water) ticket that can be redeemed until 12PM/noon day of run, must be 21+ with valid ID to redeem for beer.

"Back by popular demand": Bloody Mary Bar, Sausage sandwiches, and hot pretzels will be available for purchase.

After race photos will be available for a fee in the Beer Garden with our Youth Group Dancers.

We hope you will come back to our Oktoberfest festival Saturday evening and Sunday for more German food, music, dancing and fun.


~ 5K Run - Top 3 Men and Women Overall and Top Person in each division: Elementary (age 5-10), Middle School (age 11-14), High School (age15-19), 20-29, 30-39, 40-49. 50-59, 60+
~ 1 Mile Fun Run and Toddler Dash - Top 3 in each race. *Based on chip timing.
~ Best German-Themed Male Costume. Female Costume, and Group Costume. - wear your favorite German clothing, lederhosen and dirndls!