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      48th Annual German-American Festival starts Friday

      About 30,000 visitors bought tickets to the 48th German-American Festival that features one of Toledo areaâ??s authentic German food, beer, and entertainment.

      The seven German and Swiss American Societies sponsored the event. The festival will take place at Oak Shade Grove, 3624 Seaman Road in Oregon, Ohio less than a mile east of Coy Road. Doors open Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 at 6 p.m. â?? 1 a.m. Parade and Opening Ceremonies begin at 8 p.m. Festival hours during the weekend start on Saturday at 2 p.m. - 1 a.m. The final day is Sunday, noon 0 11 p.m. German language worship service begins each day at 10:30 a.m.Al

      Vendors stop selling alcohol at midnight on Friday and Saturday nights. Beer, wine and liquor available on Sunday.

      Tickets cost $7.00 per person. Children 12 years of age and under admitted free all weekend when accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more discounts, text "GAF" to 55678 for an additional discount. Tickets at $6 must be purchased in advance for an online purchase.or Save time and avoid lines at the entrance gates, buy tickets in advance and online, print at home and save! Two day ($10) and three day ($15) admission passes available only online.Special Sunday Discounts: Active military, police, fire, or EMS personnel will be admitted at no charge (with proof of employment) on Sunday. Senior citizensâ?? with Golden Buckeye card or equivalent will be admitted for $1 discount from general admission on Sunday at the gate.

      GAF SHUTTLE:$6.00 GAF Shuttle ticket purchase, as well as free parking and shuttle pick-up and drop-off locations at five Toledo-area locations. Shuttle tickets also available at Shawnâ??s Irish Tavern on Heatherdowns and on Third St. in Waterville; Manhattanâ??s Restaurant; Wesleyâ??s Bar & Grill and the Ottawa Tavern in the Toledo Uptown area; Kilgus Choice Meats on Laskey; Tankâ??s Meats in Elmore; Venturaâ??s Mexican Cantina on Bancroft; and Holiday Inn Express and Icons Eatery and Entertainment on Navarre in Oregon. Iconâ??s provides a complimentary shuttle service.GAF Shuttle ticket locations & departure locations:â?¢ Bar 145 â?? 5305 Monroe St.â?¢ Bergerâ??s Olde Tyme â?? 1742 W. Laskey Rd.â?¢ Mayfly Tavern â?? 4532 N. Summit St. in Point Placeâ?¢ Anchor Inn â?? 4950 Suder Ave. in Point Placeâ?¢ The Attic on Adams â?? 1701 Adams St. in Toledo Uptownâ?¢ Ye Olde Cock nâ?? Bull â?? 9 N Huron St. in Downtown Toledoâ?¢ Tres Belle â?? Perrysburg â?? Levis Commonsâ?¢ Lucas County Rec Center (departure location only)â?¢ Iconâ??s Eatery and Entertainment â?? Oregon â?? 3150 Navarreo Provides a FREE SHUTTLE Friday, 6:00 p.m. to close; Saturday, 2:00 p.m. to close; & Sunday, noon to close.GAF Shuttle Departure Times:â?¢ Friday, August 23, 6:00 p.m. â?? 1:00 a.m.â?¢ Saturday, August 24, 4:00 p.m. â?? 1:00 a.m.â?¢ Last shuttle departs from departure locations to Festival Grounds at 10:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday.â?¢ Last GAF shuttle departs from Festival Grounds at 1:00 a.m.â?¢ Special Sunday Shuttle: Sunday, August 25, 2:00 p.m. â?? 10:00 p.m. from Bar 145 only. Last shuttle departs from Bar 145 on Sunday at 7:00 p.m. Last shuttle departs from Festival Grounds at 11:00 p.m.

      For more information, contact Tim Pecsenye at To learn more, visit or the German-American Festival. The Festival is operated by the G.A.F Society, which is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. It is sponsored by the seven German- and Swiss-American societies in Toledo, and is intended to promote and enhance the German and Swiss cultures, as well as to generate revenue to support the German and Swiss cultural center in Oregon, and a variety of scholarship, athletic and philanthropic programs in the Toledo area.