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Oktoberfest Celebrates 31 Years of Texas Gemütlichkeit
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 • Posted September 28, 2011

Oompah at it’s Best, the aroma of sizzling bratwurst, and the cries of prosit once again herald the arrival of Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg, Texas, September 30, October 1, & 2, 2011. For three full days, the whole world is invited to sing, toast and dance at one of Fredericksburg’s favorite festivals, celebrating its 31 years of Texas gemütlichkeit (cosiness)!Adding to the fun, there will be an OktubaFest on Friday afternoon. On Saturday morning, be sure to join us for our Chicken Dance Around the Square. Registration will begin at 9:00 AM, and the first 310 registrants will receive a special treat. Chicken Dancing will begin at 9:45 AM sharp. On Sunday, there will be a 42 (dominoes) tournament beginning at 1:00 PM, as well as sing-a-longs.Three covered stages host a continuous parade of entertainers. The focus is the German favorites of oompah, polka, and waltzing, with exhibitions, contests, and plenty of opportunities for dancing - including the irresistible “Chicken Dance!” Bands scheduled to perform this year include Jodie Mikula Orchestra, Oma & The Oompahs, TubaMeisters, the Sauerkrauts, Fredericksburg Filharmonic, Polkamatics, Havlak-Batla Polka Time Band, The Sound Connection, Rajah Khan, Shirley Johnson, Herschel Moody, Czech & Then Some, Arion Maennerchor, Band Aids Jazz Band, Hermann Sons Mixed Choir, Janak’s Polka Band, Swingin’ Dutchmen, Boerne Village Ensemble, Walburg Boys, Ennis Czech Boys, Boerne Village Band, San Antonio Combo, Comal Community Band, Eklectic Swing Trio and Seven Dutchmen. Also on hand to entertain the crowds will be the Czech Folk Dancers of West and the Cadence Cloggers.Oktoberfest attracts many visitors just for the shopping opportunities. Over 45 juried artisans from across the state fill two big tents, offering their best arts and collectibles. In yet another tent, a select group of hill country artists will be selling their fine art to the public in a rare showing. Many find it the ideal opportunity to start their holiday shopping with many unique, handmade gift items.Of course the best of any celebration in Fredericksburg is the hearty menu of delicious German and Mexican-American foods. Over a dozen vendors will be sizzling up fajitas, tacos, burgers and fries, as well as a variety of sausage on a stick and plates with kraut, Cajun goodies, strudel, plus other scrumptious surprises. Adventurous tasters can sample over 30 varieties of American, Texan and imported beers.Oktoberfest is great fun for the youngsters as well. Kids can play to their heart’s content on the Bungee Jump, Jumping Castle, and other fun games and activities right on the grounds.Since its inception in 1981, Oktoberfest has been sponsored by the Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance. Community volunteers provide the labor, and all funds are used for student scholarships and to support the local arts.Oktoberfest hours are 6 pm to 12 midnight Friday, 10 am to 12 midnight Saturday, and 11 am to 6 pm Sunday. Admission is $6, $1 for children 6-12, and under 6 free. Two-day passes are $10; three-day passes are $15. Advance ticket sales are welcome.More information on Oktoberfest and Fredericksburg is available by contacting Oktoberfest, PO Box 222, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624, by calling 830-997-4810, or at www.oktoberfestinfbg.com.

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