Thousands of people braved 90-plus degree temperatures and a brief late-afternoon downpour on Sunday, June 27, to get a firsthand look at eight homes and three gardens on the 51st annual Haus und Garten Tour.

Thousands of people braved 90-plus degree temperatures and a brief late-afternoon downpour on Sunday, June 27, to get a firsthand look at eight homes and three gardens on the 51st annual Haus und Garten Tour.

The event ran smoothly, said Darci Congrove, president of the German Village Society, who praised the hundreds of volunteers for their efforts.

"This year's tour featured a wide variety of homes and gardens, as we attempted to showcase the diversity of our neighborhood and our architecture in this 50th anniversary year of the GVS," Congrove said. "The tour included small cottages, a traditional German Village duplex, several recent construction projects and even a refurbished Airstream trailer.

"There was literally something for everyone, and we're sure that our visitors found ideas and inspiration in the homes that they toured."

A final tally wasn't readily available for the German Village Society's biggest fundraiser of the year, which represents 50 percent of the organization's operating budget. The money supports historic preservation and education initiatives.

Tom Dailey, whose Mohawk Street garden was one of the stops on the tour, said the crowds were steady all day. He was surprised at the level of engagement and patience of many of his visitors, as there was a 30-minute wait to get into his garden at various points.

"There were quite a few trampled yards, mine included, but the landscaper assured me it will come back," he said.

The tour weekend kicked off on Friday with a special party that included a book signing with local historian Jody Graichen, author of the "Remembering German Village: Columbus, Ohio's Historic Treasure."

Those who paid $60 to attend the party were given a copy of the book. Graichen said she signed upwards of 70 copies and additional books were sold the day of the tour.

Graichen, who writes a regular column for ThisWeek German Village, said the book was well received.

"It was very flattering," she said. "People were really enthusiastic and really supportive."

Saturday marked the annual PreTour celebration, where society members paid $125 ($150 for others) for sneak previews of the tour stops, as well as dinner and cocktails.

The GVS handed out two more honors at a volunteer appreciation ceremony Sunday night following the tour. The Schmidt family, which founded Schmidt's Restaurant und Sausage Haus, was given the Fred and Howard Award June 17.

John and Jan Clark received the Frank Fetch Award, which is given to residents who demonstrate outstanding service to the community.

"John and Jan Clark are giving, caring, hard-working people, and we can't thank them enough for all that they have done for the GVS," Congrove said.

Meanwhile, Jim Plunkett earned the Village Valuable Award for pitching in whenever he was asked to help.

"We asked for public nominations this year for the awards, and no less than nine people nominated Jim Plunkett for the Village Valuable Award," Congrove said. "So, we're certain that we are honoring the right guy."