Herzogfest is held annually in Victoria, Kansas. This family oriented event is one of the largest FREE celebrations in Western Kansas. It is one of the most anticipated and talked about events of the year. This FREE festival encompasses entertainment and family fun for all ages. This event has grown from a one day sidewalk sale into a weekend celebration. All entertainment is FREE to the public.
Herzogfest, Inc. is a domestic not-for-profit corporation in the state of Kansas recognized under section 509(a)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code as a “public charity” and is exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Code. Contributions and gifts are tax-deductible under section 170 of the Code. All contributions and in-kind services are placed directly into the festival. No funds raised or donated are applied to administrative costs. The Herzogfest is operated under the supervision of a volunteer Board of Directors.
One of the main objectives is to honor and celebrate the local German heritage. We have a polka Mass, traditional polka music, German songs, and German foods. These are all traditions of our German heritage. We are reminded why the event is called Herzogfest. Ethnic German immigrants from the Volga River region of Russia arrived in 1876 and founded the town of Herzog. Before that, in 1873, another group of Englishmen led by George Grant had settled on adjoining land and called Victoria in honor of Queen Victoria. Grant’s Villa, the original limestone house that Grant built in the style of an English manor, remains in the area. Grant died in 1878 and his grave and a monument are located at the edge of Victoria. Most of the English settlers returned to Britain but the Germans remained and the descendants live in the town called Victoria. The two towns Herzog and Victoria merged in 1913. When this event was started by local business men as a sidewalk sale, they decided to call it Herzogfest. Homage is paid to those who settled the area and built this charming and thriving Midwest town and community.
The other main objective is to provide a FREE community celebration focusing on family oriented fun.
The Herzogfest Board of Directors and its volunteers work hard throughout the year to plan this event. Fundraisers and solicitation of sponsorships are the primary sources of funds. It is essential to have community support to underwrite and guarantee the success of this celebration. Everyone is welcome regardless of economic means or social status.