The summer has slipped away in a haze of heat and fall is almost here. This is good news—it means that Germantown’s own Hunsrucker Oktoberfest is just six weeks away! This gives you plenty of time to plan and attend one or both days. Saturday, September 29th and Sunday, September 30th will find the Dheinsville Historic Park flooded with people who appreciate authentic German food, music, and dancing.
Presented by the Germantown Historical Society and Sendik’s, Germantown’s Annual Hunsrucker Oktoberfest has the same mission each year: To have a great time experiencing German culture. The festival features authentic German music and dancing; foods and a variety of beer selections; games for all ages; and most unique, a Dachshund Dog race. This year will also feature the Bierlympics, a playful nod to the 2012 Summer Olympics. Sponsored by local area taverns, teams of four will compete for the Oktoberfest trophy and (more importantly) bragging rights!
Live performances make Oktoberfest a lively festival. On both days you can listen, watch, and dance throughout the day. Saturday features musical performances by the Goodtime Dutchmen, Julida Boys, and Copper Box. Sunday features music by River City Blaskapelle and Austrian Express. The Pommersche Tanzdeel Freistadt dance troupe will perform on both Saturday and Sunday.
The Fourth Annual Dheinsville Dachshund Dash will take place at 3 pm, rain or shine. The cute little pups will race right into your heart as they compete to be Dheinsville’s speediest dog. All proceeds will benefit the Midwest Dachshund Rescue. For more information on registration, visit the Germantown Historical Society’s website.
Other attractions include a Silent Auction will be held both days in Christ Church Museum, a Bake Sale Sunday at noon, Power Reunion Exhibit, Classic Car Display, and many vendors in attendance with booths of interest. Admission to the Bast Bell Museum during Oktoberfest will be half-price with a donation to the Food Shelf.
Would you like to do more than just attend? The Hunsrucker Oktoberfest is also a great place to volunteer. The festival depends on our loyal volunteers to make the fest a success. These documented volunteer hours can be used for service organizations, NHS, graduation, or confirmation requirements.
Volunteer for a shift on Saturday or Sunday and receive a FREE t-shirt, brat, and soda.
Volunteer shifts range from serving food and beverages to clean-up and everything in-between. If you would like to help but not during the festival, volunteers are needed for set-up on September 27th and 28th, and take down on October 1st.
Interested in volunteering, entering your team into the first Bierlympics, or entering your pooch into the Dachshund Dash? Contact the Germantown Historical Society at 628-3170, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the festival and to see a full schedule of events visit www.germantownhistoricalsociety.com and click on the Oktoberfest link.
Be sure to make plans to attend. The festival and parking are both FREE. You won’t want to miss Wisconsin’s Best Oktoberfest!
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