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 and is older than the Cincinnati Reds!
We continue this tradition each year with the shooting of a hand-carved wooden eagle. The winning marksman is crowned ‘Schützenkönig’, or Shooting King, for the year. Schützenfest was started by the Cincinnati Schützenverein in 1866 and has been carried on by the Catholic Kolping Society since 1925.
Schützenfest benefits the Cincinnati Kolping Society and its many philanthropic efforts. Come celebrate with us and enjoy the Gemütlichkeit!
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