FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)–After two years, Fort Wayne’s annual Germanfest is back for its 40th year of celebrating Fort Wayne’s German heritage.

This is Germanfest’s first in-person festival since 2019. Last year, festivities were muted due to the pandemic, but Germanfest officials were able to keep the festival spirit alive by offering drive-thru dinners.

One person who is thrilled to have the event back in full force is Germanfest superfan Ramon Amador.

“I absolutely love Germanfest. My friends and I have been coming here for 12 years,” he said.

Amador says they usually line up to be the first ones in to see the keg being tapped, but with the keg tapping being moved to 6 p.m. this year, they settled for just being first in line.

The tapping was moved later in the day this year to help facilitate parade-goers being able to see the keg being tapped, however, due to rainy weather the parade was canceled.

Germanfest kicked off June 8 and the rest of the week is packed with various events, such as Familienfest, Wienerdog Nationals, and the Black Forest Stone Challenge taking place at Headwaters Park West on June 11.

At the festival, Chapman’s Brewing Company’s Germanfest Schwarzbier will be offered in cans and on tap. Schwarzbier is a dark or black beer with chocolate and coffee flavors that originated in Thuringia and Saxony in Germany.

Germanfest runs through June 12. The cost to enter from 2-5 p.m. is $2; After 5 p.m. it’s $5. Children under 14 are admitted free with a guardian, and all military personnel get in free with a military ID.

For a full list of events, visit the Germanfest website.