The 2018 GermanFest Celebration was a great success featuring many returning activities along with some changes and fresh ideas.  
The entire event was made possible through the sponsorships of many area businesses and hundreds of volunteers from the Chamber of Commerce, community, and various organizations that sponsored individual GermanFest events.
The festivities began with the St. Paulinus Pancake Feed and GermanFest 5K/Fun Run that had 99 total participants!  After that, it was constant activity in the downtown area and the fairgrounds.
From the Inflatables and Kinderfun to the Tractor Pull, kids were kept busy with a multitude of activities.  The KinderParade sponsored by the Syracuse Journal Democrat had around 40 kids who enjoyed showing off the “Super Hero” theme.
The Viener Races, Watermelon Feed, Methodist Church Lunch, Parade, and Show n Shine Car Show were just a few other great activities that kept the crowds entertained and fed throughout the day.  Street vendors had a wide variety of products for people to browse as they moved from activity to activity on the downtown street.
For the past eight years, Rhae Werner dedicated a lot of time to organizing all aspects GermanFest with the help of a committee.  She retired from chairing everything at the end of the 2017 festival, but she has remained active with some of the activities.  In her place, a committee of seven individuals came together to take over all of her duties.  The 2018 GermanFest was organized by Penny Trueblood, Doug Beach, Darin Lintner, Taylor Cameron, Kate Stutheit, Carolyn Gigstad, and Molly Hillman.
Syracuse Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Carolyn Gigstad said, “We just thought it went fantastic.  It seemed like there was a bigger crowd this year during the day…  Our chairs for each event really stepped up this year and did their jobs. It was really great!  Our GermanFest Committee was unbelievable; they’re all new.  Darin came up with the idea of go big or go home with that concert and I thought he was crazy and by God we did it!”
Gigstad added how thankful she was to all the volunteers that stepped up.  In the weeks leading up to the event, she received an overwhelming response of people wanting to help and was able to fill all the spots.
“It was a huge loss to lose Rhae Werner as chairman, and it took seven people to take her place!”  “We’re very proud of the community and very, very pleased with how they all showed up to help,” Gigstad said.