The Freistatt Lions Club presents

The 41st annual

August 7th and 8th

4:30pm – Midnight



In 1974, the Ernte-Fest was a vision of the charter members of the Freistatt Lions Club. The club was chartered in June, and by August the first Ernte-Fest had become a reality. Held in the middle of the quiet little German town of Freistatt, MO, it was small back then but the theme which is referred to as the “Harvest Festival”, was the same then as it is today. Since then it’s been enjoyed by many folks from the surrounding communities as well as people from afar – even from Alaska and Germany. It had a small beer garden in the beginning and a genuine polka band just like today. Word got around, and the festival gained in popularity over the years and has had as many as 10,000 visitors on Saturday night.

Bier Garten Admittance

All children are now welcome inside the Bier Garten so as long as they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

There is a $5 admission fee for persons 18 and older to enter the Bier Garten.

Anyone wishing to either purchase or consume alcoholic beverages must first obtain a wristband at the designated booth. You must have a valid photo ID in order to obtain a wristband.

And, of course, no alcoholic beverages may be taken from the Bier Garten.

Changes for 2014


Free parking!

Cover charge for Bier Garten admittance is $5/person.

Credit cards no longer accepted. However an ATM will be available.


Help us welcome two new bands!

Family Night

Limited accommodations are now available Thursday night preceding the event from 5:00pm to 10:00pm. During this time both the carnival and The Snack Shack will be open.

Arrive in Style, Depart Safely

Fisk Limousine of Springfield, MO is offering a 10% discount on their services to and from the 2013 Ernte-Fest event.

Please designate a driver or take advantage of this offer!

All for a Good Cause

The Ernte-Fest is the Freistatt Lions Club’s main fund raiser to be able to contribute to the many Lions programs, as well as take care of the needs of the less fortunate in the community and surrounding area. Indeed, since 1974 the Freistatt Lions Club has donated $500,000 from this event to various Lions International sight and hearing programs as well as the club’s local charity projects.

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