COVID-19 Update

May 20, 2020


An Update on Philadelphia Sommerfest

In the response to the uncertainity regarding COVID-19

(Philadelphia & Vicinity) The Steuben Day Observance Association along with the Cannstatter Volksfest Verein have decided to cancel “Philadelphia Sommerfest” originally scheduled for June 27.

This decision was made with the best interests in health, safety, and culture of the clubs and their members in consideration. Though reopening plans have begun to surface in Pennsylvania and the neighboring states many large events will still be impossible in a manner we are used to.

In previous releases we announced that for the 2020-2021 season, our organization will not select and crown a new court. Graciously the current members of the court, Shelby Reed, Miss German-America, and Sarah Gilgenast, Princess, will remain in their roles for the remainder of the year representing our German-American Community and the Parade with Heritage, Pride, and Humility.

Our association is now working towards a plan for the fall monitoring closely the reopening efforts and considering the best plan to march forward in our traditions. Do not doubt that the minute we are able to safely gather again, to see each other, to dance and enjoy our local live music, to share in an authentic meal or smile over a cold drink, we will.

As we continue to monitor the situations please look to our social media, website, and any further communications for updates in these areas.

Information Contact:
Michael Fricker
Corresponding Secretary
Steuben Day Observance Association

1934 - 2020

Remembering Bruno Karnas

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Bruno Karnas who left us during the evening of April 16, 2020 from complications due to COVID-19.

“Bruno Karnas had a vision and worked tirelessly to lead our Philadelphia area German American Community to march at an unprecedented pace. My sincere condolences to the Karnas Family and all of Bruno's friends at the Cannstatter Volksfest Verein and the G.T.V. Almrausch.” - Werner Fricker Jr.

Bruno led our community as President and General Chairman of our Parade for many many years. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family especially his wife Astrid at this difficult time.

2020 Events

Please keep the following dates open to attend out events.
Additional information will be posted shortly or as events approach.

March 1, 2020 through September 26, 2020

2020 Donation Drive

We thank-you for your past support but need your continued help! Please consider making a tax-deductible donation in support of our Association. For further information please review our letter and consider making a donation.

September 26, 2020

50th Steuben Parade Gala Banquet

German Society of Pennsylvania
611 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

September 27, 2020

50th German-American
Steuben Parade

That's right, we are having our 50th Annual German - American Steuben Parade later this year. The Association has already begun planning for this year's festivities as this is a once in a lifetime event. Any organizations thinking about participating are being urged to contact the Association.

We use words like, heritage, pride, community, and culture whenever we gather to celebrate who we are. America is a place where many generations work together to build and continue traditions and celebrations together.