Food & Drink


July 14th & 15th

Beer Slide

Do you have what it takes to become the "Beer Slide Champ"?

You have three chances to slide it into the center of the target and win an “Freudenfest Meister” Mug!


A 5k run/walk through the beautiful countryside just outside Oldenburg along Harvey’s Branch.

Race Starts at 10:00 am

Entry Fees:

Pre-registration: $20(with T-shirt)
Day of Race: $25(no T-shirt guaranteed)
Pre-registration must be recieved by July 11


Start at Gilbert Munchel Park, run out on Harvery Branch until you turn around to finish in town.


Run: Beer Stein to overall male and female winner.
Medals to top three individuals in each male and female age group.

Walk: Medal to top finisher in each male and female age group.

Stein Holding

How Long Can You Hold It?

Stein Holding just recieved a Freudenfest makeover ... No more sitting, no more arm bar! Now compete with three other competitors in your heat standing side by side. You still show off that same strength and endurance as in years past by holding your stein full of beer straight out. No dropping that arm, no spilling the beer - once you do, your time is done! If you have the strength and endurance that outlasts the other competitors, you will advance to the finals under the Freundschaft Halle!

Finals at 7:41

Kids Games

Games open at 5pm Friday, and 1pm Saturday

The Freudenfest offers many games for the kids! They can enjoy games like ring toss, or have fun jumping in a blowup jump house!

The Freudenfest enjoys bringing new attractions for the kids. Be on the look-out, you might just see a rock wall, plane cockpits, or maybe even a ferris wheel!

Michaela Farm Tours

The tours begin at the barn north of town(on Main St) between 1 and 4pm on Saturday.

Take a tour of a farm that has been in operation since 1854. Learn about Michaela Farm’s history and natural farming practice, while enjoying the beautiful gardens and surrounding landscape.

Pie Auction

Come join us at 4:30 pm Saturday under the shelter as we auction off delicious, homemade pies. Every year we receive a wide variety of pies from apple to banana cream and usually a few Freudenfest sauerkraut one-of-a-kind specials. All pies are made and donated by the local community. Be sure to get there early get a good seat to join in on the bidding and take one home. You will not be disappointed.

Live Auction

Stop by the fire house bays Friday at 7:00 pm to bid on the variety of unique treasures donated by the community or created by local artists. Items in the past have included old photos of Oldenburg, antiques, wrought iron art, and much more.

If you plan to bid you must register before the auction begins.

All items are laid out on tables for everyone to view before the auction.

Wine Tasting Contest

Enter your own homemade wine into the contest or be the judge by enjoying samples of the different wines.

The wine tasting contest begins at 3:00pm on Saturday.

Interested in entering your own homemade wine?

Bring your wine to the Town Hall on Thursday evening or Friday afternoon before the festival.

Please mark your wine bottles with the makers name, phone number, and flavor.

If you would like to pick up any leftover wine, pick up will be on Sunday (No wine is allowed to leave during the festival)

NOTE: No Wine will be accepted during the Freudenfest!

Dress For The Fest

Show your German spirit and wear your authentic German attire on Saturday.

Walk around judging will occur between 3 and 5pm.

Die Wanderung

Walk at your own pace and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Oldenburg and it’s surrounding country side.

You can start the 10k walk anytime between 7am to 11am by registering at the booth in front of the town hall on Pearl St.


Choose from a 7.9, 19.9, or 23.5 mile bike ride through the scenic country side just outside of Oldenburg.

Registration is in front of the town hall at 8:00 am Saturday, entry fee is $15 and includes a T-shirt.

Radfahren Map

All riders must wear a helmet.

Photo Contest


-Free to Enter
-Amatuers Only
-You may enter up to 4 photos, any size 4x6 tp to 8x10
-Your photo’s can be of anything you wish as long as it was taken in or around Oldenburg.
-It can be old, it can be new, it can be taken by you or a photo of you.
-Print neatly your name, address, and phone number on the back of your photos.
-Entries must be turned into The Village store or at Pro-Prints next to Guys and Gals.
-Dead line is Friday July 14th by 4pm
-Photos will be on display Saturday of the Freudenfest.
-Winners will be announced under the pavilion at 5pm after the Pie Auction.
-Anonymous people will vote on photos throughout Saturday.


1st: $100     2nd: $75     3rd: $50

Dachshund Races

Races will be held on Saturday at 2:00 pm in front of the firehouse.
Registration is required and owners must complete and sign an entry form. (See attached form)
Registration is day of the race only - Registration time: 12 noon - 1:30
All race participants must attend the 1:45pm pre-race meeting, you will then be escorted to a designated area for the participants.
$5.00 registration fee is required.
Trophies awarded to 1st - 5th place.
Registration Form

Questions about the races should be sent to:

Flying Chicken

Chickens don't fly!

Here at the Freudenfest they do! Step up and help 3 chickens fly to their nest.

The strategies are endless... throw it high, throw it low, put a little spin on it ...but no matter the strategy the goal is the same. Help that rubber chicken fly into it's nest. If you're strategy plays out right you will be walking away with a nice prize or two!

Village of Spires Ring Toss

Hook a Spire!

Ever dream of ringing a spire? Now that dream can finally come true!

The game is simple, just toss a ring and hook the spire. But don't let the looks deceive you, this is not your average 2 liter pop ring toss! You get 5 tosses with a chance for a prize on each ringer, the more spires you hook the greater the prize you earn.

Think you can hook all the spires?

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