With history dating back to medieval times, the Schützenfest, or 'shooting festival', has long been celebrated in German towns.
In Adelaide the SA German Association has hosted the Schützenfest, the largest folk festival in the Southern Hemisphere, on an annual basis since 1964. The first Schützenfest was celebrated in Adelaide in 1865. Competitive shooting is one of the main features of the Schützenfest because good marksmanship was essential in the defence of medieval towns.
Adelaide's Rymill Park comes alive on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 January 2015 with the sounds of Oompah music, dancing from the Bavarian and Black Forest regions of Germany, and also from neighbouring Austria.
Over 40 stalls serving traditional German food and beverage, cultural heritage displays, children's entertainment, Strong Arm Beer Stein Lifting Competitions, and more, Schützenfest is a festival for the whole family.