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2021 Gaufest

Gaufest Overview

Edelweiss Passaic has been selected as host of the 2021 Gaufest of the Gauverband Nordamerika. We are holding the event at Harrah's Resort and Convention Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on July 8 to 11, 2021.

The mission of the Gauverband Nordamerika, a 501(c)(3) organization, is to preserve and perpetuate the cultural heritage of Bavaria (Germany) and Tyrol (Austria) including its customs, ethnic costumes, language, folk music and folk dances. It provides the member societies in North America with educational programs and opportunities for fellowship through conferences, festivals, and published media; and cultivates ties with heritage societies in Bavaria and Tyrol.

Edelweiss Passaic, Inc., is a charter member of Gauverband Nordamerica. There are member organizations from 5 provinces of Canada and 21 states in the USA.

Biennially in odd years, a member organization hosts this 4-day event which featues dance competitions, folk music and dance exhibitions, and workshops. Approximately 1500 adults and children from across the United States and Canada and from Bavaria attend this Gaufest.

The top winners from all categories are invited to attend the Bayerische Löwe in Bavaria and compete among the all of the top competitors of the various regions of Bavaria. Edelweiss Passaic is proud that we had two of our members attend this and other events in the Allgau region of Germany in June of 2018 and participate along with 3000 Bavarians in the cultural events.

The Gauverband Nordamerika brings to America the heritage and traditions that are still celebrated in Bavaria.

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Event Information

We will be posting additional information over time. Harrah's Atlantic City Waterfront Conference Center is a new facility completed in 2015 and offers an all-in-one venue for the Gaufest with rooms, dining, and much more at Harrah's Resort.

Contact Information

Gaufest Chairperson: Robert Blume rblume6@optimum.net 973-962-4682
Gaufest Vice-Chairperson: Ed Mayer edjmayer@gmail.com 201-652-7345