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What is a VolksFest?

A Volksfest is "A Festival for all People", featuring traditional German food including fresh bratwurst, hard cider, beer and wine, live music & dancing. Admission and parking are free. Put together a team and build a bed for the bed races! Play Human Foosball, Cornhole, and Bocce Ball. We have kids' yard games and activities. Free admission! Fun for the whole family!

Courtesy of Harvard Cable TV

Sept 8, 2018 from 3 pm - 9 pm  Harvard, MA

(Rain date Sept 15, 2018)

Harvard Library Field, 4 Pond Road, Harvard, MA 

Bed Races

Courtesy of Harvard Cable TV

Bed Races are a popular annual town event in many locales across the nation. 

As part of the Volksfest, the Lions have organized Harvard's own annual bed race, starting at 3:00 pm on Sept 8.

Form a team, build a bed, and race!

Bed Race Information

  1. Make your own mobile bed, or use one of ours for a modest $25 donation to the Lions.
  2. Harvard Lions Club Volksfest Bed Races Waiver & Release Form
  3. Review Bed Race Rules
  4. Bed Race Registration Entry Form
  5. Bed Race Photo Examples 
  6. Links to Bed Races in Other Local Towns
  7. Bed Races in Other Towns PowerPoint Presentation


Live Music

Live performances from 3 pm until 9 pm:

  • Bare Hill    6:00 pm to 9:00 pm - Six piece electric folk rock band with three part harmonies. Covering songs from the 60s to present. Come dance the night away!
  • The Contra Banditos  4:30 pm to 5:45 pm  -New England contra dance band playing traditional jigs, reels, waltzes and polkas.  Yes, polkas for our Volksfest!
  • The Rafters  3:00 pm to 4:15 pm - Modern folk-pop duo of Miki and Dave Fitzgibbons will get the party started!

Kids Activities

Join the Stuffed Animal Parade!  The parade starts at 4:30pm. The kids march the bed race course to the finish line and across the grounds to the Volksfest kids' area. Bring a new small stuffed animal to donate to a less fortunate child if you wish.
Play Some Yard Games


Arts and Crafts Tent Little Kids' Play Area (Available all night in the Beer Garden)


Food and Drinks

Food Menu

  • Bier Bratwurst mit Sauerkraut, Pfeffer und Zwiebeln ~Sheboygan Beer Bratwurst with Sauerkraut &/or Peppers and Onions~
  • Schnitzel und Pommes Frittes ~Chicken and Fries~
  • Gemüseburger ~Veggie Burger~
  • Frankfurters ~Hotdogs~
  • Hot Pretzels
  • Apple Crisp (from Carlson Orchards)
  • Beer Nuts

Drink Menu

  • Cold or Hot Apple Cider (Depending on the Temperature) - Carlson Orchards
  • Cool Refreshments

Adult Refreshments (No BYOB)

Apple Cider donated by Carlson Orchards


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