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Coming Soon - Oktoberfest in Owosso

Celebrate the Spirit of Friendship and Honor Shiawassee County’s Heritage and Agricultural Traditions

Posted by Corunna Now at 10:46pm 9/26/19

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State Representative Ben Frederick Taps the Keg at Oktoberfest 2018/Corunna Now photo

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Oktoberfest presented by Fortitude Outdoor Fitness & Venue returns for two days on Friday, October 11th and Saturday, October 12th. Organized by the Shiawassee Regional Chamber of Commerce, Oktoberfest will take place in a large tent (The Biergarten) in the parking lot of Exchange and Water streets in Downtown Owosso. Family events will continue on to Ball Street and Exchange streets.

Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Jeff Deason stated, “The Shiawassee Regional Chamber of Commerce created Oktoberfest to celebrate the spirit of friendship and to honor Shiawassee County’s heritage and agricultural traditions. With many community partners, we are planning a festive, fall celebration and invite all residents to join in the fun! Our thanks to Fortitude for being our 2019 presenting sponsor of Oktoberfest.”

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Returning this year will be authentic German food served in The Biergarten. From a German butchery near Munich, Oktoberfest has received permission to use a 200-year old family recipe for traditional German Bratwurst. The German bratwurst will be served at Oktoberfest 2019! The secret recipe has been tested and perfected by Willi’s Sausage Co. of Frankenmuth. 

The “Beer Run” 5K walk/run will take place on Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. There will also be a Likewater Crossfit Competition at 10 a.m. on Saturday. From 1 pm to 3 pm on Saturday on the Armory lawn, there will be free children’s activities including make and take pumpkin painting, bounce house and pumpkin bowling with prizes. The Shiawassee Family YMCA will hold a 3-on-3 basketball tournament beginning Saturday at 10 a.m. And, NEW this year will be a Corn Hole Tournament beginning at noon on Saturday in the Biergarten.

Friday evening’s music line up will be Lenny Gomulka and The Chicago Push Band alternating with the The Polka Riot. Friday will also feature authentic “Schuhplattler” dancers.

On Saturday, Oktoberfest welcomes the 35 piece German Band: Ein Prosit. The band will be playing from Noon to 3:00 p.m. Also on Saturday, The Biergarten will feature “Happy Hour” from 2:00-4:00 p.m. with buy one, get one free admission. At 2:00 p.m. polka music will begin with the international touring and 12-time Grammy nominee Lenny Gomulka and the Chicago Push Band from Massachusetts. The Chicago Push band will alternate with New Brass Express of the Ubly area. Both six-piece bands will play until 8:00 p.m.

ROCKTOBERFEST kicks into high gear at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oktober 12th featuring the 80’s-90’s cover band Bachelors Since Breakfast. Rock music goes until midnight when the Biergarten officially closes.

Saturday night activities feature “Masskrugstemmen” or the beer stein holding contest at 8:15 p.m. At approximately 8:45 p.m., local weightlifter Casey Lambert will attempt a Guinness World Record for “most weight squatted overhead in one minute”. The record was originally set in 2017 for 1,833kgs (4,042lbs), He will be attempting to go for 2267kg (5,000lbs) and the attempt with a 70kg (154.32lbs) barbell. Lambert must complete 33 reps in one minute to reach his goal!

Oktoberfest 2019 is packed full of family fun and great music! Admission to the Biergarten is $10.00 per day or $15.00 for a weekend armband. Designated drivers will be provided free admission and a special armband for complimentary nonalcoholic beverages. For a detailed schedule of events, visit Oktoberfest in Owosso on Facebook or click here.

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