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35th Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg

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35th Oktoberfest Fredericksburg

FREDERICKSBURG, TEXAS – Oktoberfest, the family-oriented German event that takes place in the center of Fredericksburg, is poised to again attract 1,200 volunteers and 20,000 visitors in its 35th year.

As a result, the oom-pah-pah echo of 34 previous years will carry over in the hearts and minds of people who have made the event an annual tradition, many who traversed hundreds of miles to attend. And for others, the event reminds them of Gillespie County organizations and young people who accomplished artistic endeavors thanks to Oktoberfest proceeds.

35th Oktoberfest Fredericksburg

Oktoberfest Event Producer Debbie Farquhar-Garner said the 35th Oktoberfest – set for October 2nd, 3rd and 4th at Marktplatz – will be everything people have come to expect and more. She said Texas House Representative Doug Miller will kick off the event at the opening ceremony, celebrating the event’s longevity, growth and contribution to the community. Poised, himself, for the moment, he said, “I’m looking forward to the fun, excitement and the gemütlichkeit. It will be a great time for all.”

The engaging sights and sounds of the annual event are of Fredericksburg’s German heritage, harkening to the first annual Oktoberfest near Munich in 1810, and to 1981, when Oktoberfest was first held in Fredericksburg.

35th Oktoberfest Fredericksburg

Among a wide array of activities, included are:

  1. Saturday morning Hauptstrasse Chicken Dance
  2. Enjoying a Bratwurst and lots of it
  3. Ringing the Bell at The High Striker (plus a junior size striker and kiddie striker for kids)
  4. Polkas and Waltzes
  5. Ok-tuba-fest on Friday for opening Ceremony
  6. KinderPark games for children
  7. Eating our legendary potato pancakes
  8. 42 tournament Sunday afternoon
  9. Listening to bands and dancing at four stages
  10. Partaking of a wide variety of domestic, Texas and German beer
35th Oktoberfest Fredericksburg
Ernie Loeffler, president and CEO of the Fredericksburg Convention and Visitor Bureau, said the event is a Fredericksburg hallmark. “Oktoberfest is one of the great festivals of Fredericksburg – bringing together hundreds of community volunteers who love to support and share this celebration of the German culture and heritage of our town and the Texas Hill Country,” he said. “Visitors come from around Texas, the U.S. and, indeed, from around the world to join in the three day party. Whether it is dancing to polka music or consuming large amounts of Bratwurst and potato pancakes, everyone seems to have a great time at Oktoberfest!”

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