Schützenfest, translated as the Marksmen’s Fest, is a traditional German festival dating back to medieval times. It celebrates a marksman saving a young child’s life from an eagle attack.
Schützenfest was brought to Cincinnati in 1866 by German immigrants.
We continue this tradition each year with the shooting of a hand-carved eagle. The winning marksman is crowned “Schützenkönig”, or Shooting King, for the year.
Schützenfest benefits the Cincinnati Kolping Society and its many philanthropic efforts. Come celebrate with us and enjoy the Gemütlichkeit!