Ramstein celebrates German-American fair

by Window to Rheinland-Pfalz information center
Photo courtesy of the archives of Ramstein-Miesenbach Union Community

From Friday, Aug. 10 until Sunday, Aug. 12 German-American friendship will be celebrated with a big fair in the center of Ramstein. In 2015 the city hosted the Rheinland-Pfalz-Tag, the state fair of the German state of Rheinland-Pfalz. At this opportunity Germans and Americans celebrated cheerfully together. So the city representatives came up with the idea of hosting an annual German-American fair. After the premiere of the event on a hot July weekend last year, the German-American friendship celebration goes in its second round.

This year the location will be different: The three-day event takes place at the scenic John-F.-Kennedy-Platz in the town center of Ramstein next to the Catholic church. The square has the flair of a park and was named after the popular American president. It has a memorial stone to commemorate John-F.-Kennedy. With ancient shade-giving trees and flowerbeds it will be a great location for the friendship fair, also on a warm summer day.

Opening times of the booths are Friday from 6 p.m. until midnight, Saturday from 5 p.m. until midnight and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Congress Center Ramstein and organizing manager Joachim Felka put together a varied music and entertainment program. According to Joachim Felka a variety of booths will be grouped around John-F.-Kennedy-Square. Traditional German food like spit roast and bratwurst, and American specialties like Angus beef burgers and pulled pork will be available. Besides that you will also find international food offers like pizza, Chinese food, crêpes and waffles. A large assortment of beers and wines, cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages caters for all tastes. The young visitors will favor the ice cream and candy booths.

The musical program starts with the performance of the USAFE rock band “Touch’n Go” at 8 p.m. on Friday. Saturday from 5 p.m. visitors who dare can enjoy bull riding. From 6 p.m. the band “Carpe Diem” entertains the festival guests. Saturday night from 8:30 p.m. good mood is guaranteed by the performance of the party band “Impact.” A big family program including musical performances is scheduled for Sunday. It starts with a church service Sunday morning at 11 a.m. Bull riding will be available again from noon. “Tante Lilly” entertains the youngest visitors with face painting and balloon twisting. Walking acts like the lion, the Ramstein city mascot, will be present as well and posing for photos. The Open Air Museum Bad Sobernheim will send a wood turner who shows his craft to the visitors. An information booth by the state project “Welome to Rheinland-Pfalz” together with the “Docu Center Ramstein” and the information center “Window to Rheinland-Pfalz” will be open for interested visitors on Sunday. Useful information about living in Germany, the history of Americans in Rheinland-Pfalz and events, sights and attractions in the local area will be available. The musical program starts at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday with the brass band “Bumsfallera.” At 2:30 p.m. the band “Lunchbox” takes over. Great fun for the whole family is guaranteed!

The German-American Fair is hosted by the city of Ramstein-Miesenbach and sponsored by Stadtwerke Ramstein-Miesenbach, the public utility company, and the state initiative “Welcome to Rheinland-Pfalz.”  There is free admission on all three days. The city of Ramstein-Miesenbach is looking forward to welcome you.