In 1981, the Spielmannszug was approached to help plan a new ethnic festival at the Lakefront Summerfest Grounds. President Hans Schmidt sent Cornelia Ille to the first meeting to represent the Spielmannszug. Only 5 people attended that very first meeting at the Schwabenhof and the Spielmannszug is proud to say that we were part of GermanFest from the very start! We continue to work (volunteer work) and perform every year at this, the largest German festival in the United States! Our hard working members make sure that there are plenty of Potato Pancakes for the crowds and our Players and Tanzsterne keep everyone entertained at the Mardi Gras Show!