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The Cincinnati Donauschwaben’s 6th Annual Schwabenfest returns this year on June 10 and 11. Schwabenfest, a two-day German-American, will feature a whole ox roast, authentic German Bier and live music from Saffire Express Band, Squeeze Play Music, and Alp’n Zaub’n.

Come out and enjoy the beautiful spring weather with great music, fantastic food, wonderful entertainment and, of course, performances by the Donauschwaben Youth Group and Schuhplattlers. Test your strength in our stein holding contest. Food items will include our delicious homemade sausage, Oktoberfest chicken, our amazing Oxen (full steer) Roast, pretzel sandwiches with ham or turkey, homemade apple and cherry strudel, Bavarian cream puffs, and more.

About Schwabenfest
In 1881, a German butcher named Johann Rossler first opened his “mechanical ox” which has since grown to occupy one of the largest tents on the Munich Theresienwiese, the site for the famous Munich Oktoberfest. The machine consisted of two main parts: a “locomobile” mounted on four iron wheels and a rotisserie with a revolving spit, an enclosure and a smokestack. Today the roasted ox is still a mouthwatering tradition for Germany’s Oktoberfest guests.

This year, the Donauschwaben Society in Colerain Township will bring this 135-year tradition to Cincinnati once again for its 6thAnnual Schwabenfest on June 10 and June 11.

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Be Social
Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @CincyDonau and like on Facebook. We will be live tweeting during the festival using #schwabenfest.

Schwabenfest Set Up
Setup for Schwabenfest will start on Monday, June 6. We will be setting up the entire week so we will need volunteers to come any day that you are available. Wednesday will be the big day as we will need additional people to help setup the tables and benches in the Pavilion. Setup starts at 6:30 PM.


Membership News

The 2016 membership book is now ready. If you had your family picture taken and do not have your copy yet, please contact Linda Igel 741-4228 or to arrange to pick up your copy.

Orders are now being taken for bricks and stones for our Ehrenplatz. They will be installed in time for Donauschwaben Tag. This is a great way to remember loved ones and to support our club! For details, please contact Linda Igel 741-4228 or before June 10!

Our 6th Annual Schwabenfest is coming up on June 10 and 11. We are looking for volunteers to help work booths for the entire weekend. To help support this very important event, please contact Roric Schneider at

Calling all Donauschwaben Members! Come out every third Saturday of the month to help out at our monthly work days. There are many projects that need to be done and we need all the help we can get. Please consider coming out for a few hours to support and improve your club. Lunch will be provided. For more information please contact Adam Hary at 513-923-4548 (home) 513-604-3816 (cell) or email him at You can also contact Dave Brabender at

It’s once again time to start planning for the 2016 Landestreffen which will be graciously hosted by our friends at the American Aid Society of German Descendants in Chicago, Illinois. We plan to leave early on Saturday, September 2 and return late on Monday, September 4. All dance groups are invited to perform.

We will stay two nights at the Comfort Suites Grayslake, about a 15 minute drive from the club. Costs are estimated to be $109 (one King) or $119 (two Queen) per night plus tax. The Comfort Suites offers a complimentary breakfast buffet each morning, and indoor pool, wi-fi, exercise room etc. Bus costs are to be determined. Admission into the park is $15 per person. Please contact Lori Prugel-Decher as soon as possible at 245-9450 or to let her know if you will be attending.

The deadline for the Summer 2016 edition of Der Adler will be Friday, July 8. Please send all information about upcoming Schwaben events, German community events etc. to Joe T. Ludwig at Joe will need information about Schwaben Day, Oktoberfest, Kirchweih and any other Donauschwaben events, news or announcements between August and October 2016.

Please do your best to honor this deadline. Make sure to contact Joe directly for all requests as he does not monitor the Donauschwaben Gmail account. The approximate publishing date for the Summer 2016 edition will be August 1, 2016.

The women’s club will be publishing a new cookbook that will debut in time for Schwaben Day and Labor Day Events in 2017. The focus of this cookbook will be to highlight the amazing and varied cooking traditions of the Donauschwaben. We need your help in providing traditional recipes. We are looking for any recipes but especially vegetables, salads, soups, sauces, breads noodles, dumplings, entrees, totes, strudel, cookies, and schnitten. Email your contributions or questions to Debi Tullius at

If you are interested in subscribing to the digital edition of Der Adler, please contact Joe T. Ludwig at The digital edition features more content and more pictures—all in color.

Upcoming Events

Mark your calendars for the 6th Annual Schwabenfest on Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11. This festival will feature live entertainment by our dancers, in addition to live music and an Ox roasting. More details are coming soon.

The 2016 Fuchs tournament will be held before our annual Gulasch Dinner on Sunday, June 26. Games start promptly at 1:30 PM, so please be there by 1:00 to register. To play, you’ll need $5 in change ($2 entry fee, $3 to use for playing). Two rounds of games are played to determine the table winners (Tischmeisters), who then play a fresh round to determine Fuchsmeister. Prizes are awarded to the Tischmeisters and Fuchsmeister and all participants keep their winnings. If you don’t know how to play or are new to the game, you are encouraged to come out and to learn strategies from the participants. For more information contact Karl F. Themare at 513-451-1483.

On Sunday, June 26, come out and enjoy classic Goulash the way it was made in the old country. The Goulash dinner will be served around 5:15 PM, following our annual Fuchs Tournament, performances by the Kleine and Mittle Kindergruppen at 4:00 PM. Adults are $7, children (12 and under) are $4. A cash bar will be available. Doors open at 1 PM for people who wish to watch the Fuchs tournament. For reservations, call Kathi Prugel at 542-0516. Dinner reservations are required by June 19.

On Friday July 29, come out and enjoy traditional German Gemütlichkeit and camaraderie at the Donauschwaben Hall for our Fifth Friday Froth Fest celebration. More information will be posted as the event gets closer.

On Sunday, August 14, come join us for the “birthday” celebration of the Cincinnati Donauschwaben as we pay special tribute to the founding of our club and the members who made it possible. Enjoy performances by our various club dance groups, music by the Vereinmusikanten and of course the opening parade. Help us congratulate members who have distinguished themselves over the past year(s) and those who will receive special awards.More information will be posted as the event gets closer.

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