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PRESS RELEASE: Q102’s Jeff Thomas Named 2016 Bürgermeister

Germania Society of Cincinnati LogoMEDIA CONTACTS:
James Czar
Communications Team co-Chair
Germania Society of Cincinnati

Janice Barr
Oktoberfest co-Chair


Q102’s Jeff Thomas Named
2016 Bürgermeister for Germania Oktoberfest

Jeff and Germania Kick Off the
Oktoberfest Season in Cincinnati, Aug 26-28


CINCINNATI, OH – August 16, 2016: Germania Oktoberfest is Cincinnati’s oldest and most authentic Oktoberfest — now in its 46th year. It takes place Friday, August 26 through Sunday, August 28, at beautiful Germania Park in Colerain Township. And this year, Jeff Thomas, morning show host from Q102 (WRKQ-FM), has been named our honorary 2016 Bürgermeister!

Mr. Thomas will launch this year’s Oktoberfest Season in Cincinnati by leading the Germania Oktoberfest Season Kickoff Parade on Sunday, August 28, at 1:30pm, along with dignitaries from dozens of Southwest Ohio’s German Organizations. Following the parade, Jeff will tap our “Cincinnati Keg” at the Germania Oktoberfest Season Kickoff Ceremony.


NAME: Oktoberfest 2016 (event pages)

PRESENTED BY: Germania Society of Cincinnati (Germania website)

SPONSORED BY: Warsteiner Bier

DATE: Friday-Sunday, Aug 26-28, 2016 (Facebook event)


The 46th Annual Germania Oktoberfest: The original and most authentic German Oktoberfest in the Cincinnati region — and kicking off the Oktoberfest Season in Cincinnati each year since 1971.

ADMISSION: $5, kids 12 and under free.
Free admission all weekend for active/retired military personnel with current military ID.

Friday, August 26, 6pm-Midnight
Saturday, August 27, 2pm-Midnight
Sunday, August 28, Noon-8pm

LOCATION: Germania Park, in Colerain Township

FESTIVAL LAYOUT: 2016 Oktoberfest Map

ADDRESS: 3529 West Kemper Road, Cincinnati OH 45251 (Google map)

PARKING: FREE parking is available at Germania Park until full.
Additional FREE parking available at 4 convenient locations (interactive map) with regular shuttle bus service:
Waycross Lot – Corner of Waycross and Hamilton
Vinoklet Winery – 11069 Colerain Ave
Pleasant Run Elementary School – 11765 Hamilton Ave
Pleasant Run Middle School – 11700 Pippin Rd


Since the end of our very successful Maifest, members of the Germania Society have been grooming our manicured Wiesn (event meadow), preparing our idyllic wooded picnic grove, readying our Klubhaus, and decorating our pavilion in anticipation of this year’s Oktoberfest celebration! Join us this August and stroll the beautiful Germania Park grounds surrounded by nature while enjoying traditional food, drink, and entertainment.

Our Oktoberfest features German food, including our famous sauerkraut balls, our legendary Oktoberfest chicken, Schwenkbraten (pork on a swing), Wursts, delicious German pastries, and much more! We also have a variety of German Biers, Wein, and Schnapps. Germania Oktoberfest is proudly sponsored by Warsteiner Bier.

There’s live German music all weekend, dancing, and fun for the whole family. We have all NEW carnival rides, games for kids, as well as games of skill and chance for the big kids, plus our much-anticipated Tug-of-War competition (on Sunday). And we offer a wide variety of Imported German merchandise and gifts, including Steins, Trachten, and more.

Being the first Oktoberfest in the Cincinnati area each year, we are the “Official Kickoff of the Oktoberfest Season in Cincinnati.” Join the Germania Society in launching the most fun time of the year, at Germania Park, in Colerain Township, just minutes from Cincinnati.

Entrance fee is $5 per person, children 12 and under are free. All active and retired military personnel will receive free admission all weekend with current military ID. Free parking is at Germania Park, 3529 West Kemper Road, Cincinnati OH 45251 until full. Additional parking available at 4 convenient locations with regular shuttle bus service:
Waycross Lot – Corner of Waycross and Hamilton
Vinoklet Winery – 11069 Colerain Ave
Pleasant Run Elementary School – 11765 Hamilton Ave
Pleasant Run Middle School – 11700 Pippin Rd



High-resolution photos are available for media use on our Oktoberfest Press Room page, including photos of our 2016 Bürgermeister Jeff Thomas from Q102.

Oktoberfest Press Photos (preview) - Germania Society of Cincinnati



About the Germania Society of Cincinnati

The Germania Society is committed to maintaining German Heritage throughout Greater Cincinnati. It accomplishes this through various events throughout the year. The main cultural events include the Germania Maifest, the Germania Oktoberfest, two Germania Volksmarches (Spring and Fall), the Germania Christkindlmarkt and the Germania Karneval program which sponsors several dances per year. In addition, Germania holds entertainment and cultural events throughout the year; including dances, parties and trips out of town.

For more information about the Germania Society and the Germania Oktoberfest, contact the Germania Society at or visit our newly designed website:

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