Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest Lakeland 2019 will feature plenty of German cheer along with a variety of exciting games and competitions. Old favorites and new exciting challenges await competitors. There are individual games along with team competitions in the Outrageous Olympiad. Participation in all the events is more important than ever before because there are bragging rights on the line. The Games are open to all Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest Lakeland guests and are free to play.
Childrens’ games, activities - a Root Beer Garden and meet & greet with local sports teams.
(For the Kids)
The Europa Band - a dynamic power trio on multiple instruments and vocals - performs from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the Main Stage. They cover a wide variety of music and songs, from old German Polkas and sing-alongs, to popular country! With accordion, trumpet, guitar, violin, drums, and plenty of vocal harmonies, The Europa Band delivers a strong groove and passion for what they do!
The Europa Band specializes in German music for Oktoberfests and German Mardi Gras (Fasching / Karneval), Czech-Slovak Festivals, and general European Ethnic Club and International Night Events. "Polka Lives" is the band’s motto, and those that love polkas, young or old, will love the sound of The Europa Band's eclectic collection of over 350 songs.
The Europa Band was founded in February 1994, by Hans (John) Kolbrich and Milan Dvorecky in Orlando, Florida. The Band has evolved into a nationally acclaimed group with a strong following of fans ages 5 to 95, from Montana to Miami, and California to New York! Their largest performance venue is at the City of Orange, California's International Street Fair that has average attendance of 700,000 people over the three-day Labor Day Weekend. They have performed to a wonderful and dedicated fan base there for 17 years in a row!
The group has released a total of four CD's to show their diversity and wide range of musical styles, "Oktoberfest mit Europa" in 2006, "International Hits mit Europa," and "Deutsche Schlager mit Europa," both in 2008, and a "Live at Helen, GA Oktoberfest" CD, recorded during a seven day performance schedule in October of 2009, and released in August, 2010.