Schützenfest Cincinnati was begun in 1866 by German immigrants returning from the Civil War in the quickly-growing city of Cincinnati. The tradition was later carried on by the Cincinnati Kolping Society, starting in 1925. Translated as «The Marksman's Festival», Schützenfest is one of the oldest festivals celebrated in Germany today, approximately 600 years young!
As the legend goes, it all began in the 15th century in Europe when a marksman, or Schütze, sacrificed an eagle that had attacked a small child. The people in the village were so joyous about this newly-found hero that they made him an honorary king of the village for a year. In subsequent years, the villagers would hold a festival to commemorate this occasion, having a sharpshooting competition, with the winner becoming honorary king for a year.
This year marks the 151st anniversary celebration of Schützenfest in Cincinnati, one of the oldest German Festivals in Cincinnati and the United States. Come join us this year as we will be featuring our NEW Schützenfest Kölsch Beer brewed in partnership with Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. Other new features include: a special soccer skills event put on by the Kolping Soccer Club and FC Cincinnati, a new public shooting event participated in by local German clubs, new homemade dinners including Jägerschnitzel, Spätzle and Bavarian Goulasch, and limited edition steins and hat pins.
We will also be featuring Grammy Nominated Artist Alex Meixner, Heiner Schwendemann of Die Kölsche Quetsch from Cologne, Germany; other fantastic local bands, as well as local folk dancers, all weekend as our premier entertainment.