Oktoberfest

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Save the Date! October 3-5th 2014

Keep up to date with MKE Oktoberfest festivites on the official event website!

Friday & Saturday Festival Opens at Noon ~ Music & Beer Service End at 10:30pm ~ Park Closes at 11pm

In 1810, King Ludwig I of Bavaria proclaimed that the last sixteen days of September, ending with the first full weekend in October, shall be set aside for feasting and beer drinking to celebrate his upcoming wedding. The people of Bavaria had such a good time that the celebration has been repeated annually for over 200 years. Today we know this festival as Oktoberfest! To celebrate this tradition the Westown Association, Milwaukee County Parks and the Old German Beer Hall will celebrate a Bavarian Style Oktoberfest in Pere Marquette Park. New this year we are partnering with the Marcus Center as we host the event on both sides of the river!

Oktoberfest is a Family Friendly Event.

Old German Beer Hall Concession Items:

USINGER’S WURSTHAUS

Usinger’s Famous Bratwurst

Usinger’s Beef Wiener

Usinger’s Landjaeger

GERMAN SPECIALTIES

Giant Bavarian Pretzel with Obatzter

Chicken Schnitzel with French Fries

 EVENTS

Friday, October 3

Noon – Opening Ceremonies

Keg Tapping with Mayor Tom Barrett

In keeping with the traditions of the Munich Oktoberfest, No beer will be served until the first official keg has been tapped by the Lord Mayor. Those lucky enough to be on hand for the ceremony receive a free beer from the first keg Tapped by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett—Free beer while it lasts.

7:00pm Masskrugstemmen

What?  maahs-kroog-stem-en translates to Stein Holding. This Bavarian strength  and endurance competition tests to see who can stand up,  arm extended straight out, with a full 1 liter glass stein in hand (approx. 5lbs) for the longest.  The best time from the competition will be recorded as a qualifier for the US National Championship at New York City’s Steuben Parade in September 2015.

$20 Entry Includes HB Masskrug (1 Liter Mug) filled with beer.

Must be 21 or Older/Limited to 20 Paid Entries Each Day.

 

Saturday, October 4

3:30 Team Bratwurst Eating Relay

The Brat Eating Relay will consist of 2 Heats of (4) 4-person teams. The two winning teams will settle the score with a final relay. Each Team member must eat 1 bratwurst on a bun and then tag of to the next team member. $10 Team Entry / Limited to 8 Teams

7:00pm- Masskrugstemmen

What?  maahs-kroog-stem-en translates to Stein Holding. This Bavarian strength  and endurance competition tests to see who can stand up,  arm extended straight out, with a full 1 liter glass stein in hand (approx. 5lbs) for the longest.  The best time from the competition will be recorded as a qualifier for the US National Championship at New York City’s Steuben Parade in September 2015.

Must be 21 or Older/Limited to 20 Paid Entries Each Day.

 

Sunday, October 5

2:00pm- Masskrugstemmen

What?  maahs-kroog-stem-en translates to Stein Holding. This Bavarian strength  and endurance competition tests to see who can stand up,  arm extended straight out, with a full 1 liter glass stein in hand (approx. 5lbs) for the longest.  The best time from the competition will be recorded as a qualifier for the US National Championship at New York City’s Steuben Parade in September 2015.

Must be 21 or Older/Limited to 20 Paid Entries Each Day.

 

All persons attending the event over the age of 21 must wear a provided wristband. A new wristband is required for each day of the festival. Wristbands will be available at all food and beverage outlets at the festival. This is required regardless of whether or not you intend to consume alcohol. All persons under the age of 21 must be accompanied by a wrist-banded parent or legal guardian. Persons without wristbands and/or guardians are considered to be loitering and will be escorted from the event by security.