On odd numbered years, an official visit takes place between Vandalia and Lichtenfels. Either citizens of Vandalia make the trip to Germany, or in their turn, citizens of Lichtenfels come to the United States. During the visit guests stay in the homes of their hosts. The visit usually lasts about one week. Often people return to the same family again and again. A similar people-to-people exchange was begun with Prestwick in the Summer of 1993.