German Society’s Oktoberfest Oct. 21-22 in Loves Park

• 47th annual event features German and domestic beer, German and American food

Staff Report

The 47th Annual German Society Oktoberfest will be at Loves Park City Hall, 100 Heart Blvd., Loves Park, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21-22.

A tradition in German culture, Oktoberfest will feature six different German Biers along with domestic, American and German food, children’s areas, German bands and dancers, and live music from some of the area’s top musicians.

ABC Catering and the German Society of Rockford will cater the event. Menu items will include German sausages, käsespatzen, potato pancakes, German potato salad and more.

The German Society has added many events this year, such as the new “Bier Barrel Race,” where teams of six compete and the winning team earns a cash prize that will be donated to the charity of their choice; Barmaid Mug Races; Yodeling Contest; and Chicken Dance Contest.

The crowning of Miss Oktoberfest is Friday, Oct. 21, and Zoli’s Woodcarving will be on hand for a presentation of his creative art of making amazing wood statues out of nothing more than a chainsaw and a block of wood from noon to 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22. Auction for his statues will be after 6 p.m. in the Oktoberfest Main Stage area.

Festival opens at 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 21. Following a Bavarian tradition of not beginning a genuine Oktoberfest until the first keg of beer is tapped, Oktoberfest will start the same way. Darryl Lindberg, mayor of Loves Park, after breaking the keg’s seal, will declare the party under way by yelling, O’zapt is! (Bavarian for “It is tapped!”). The opening ceremony is Friday at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $5 in advance for the entire two-day festival or $5 a day at the festival ticket booth during the festival. A new VIP Party Pack has been added this year. Ticket locations and more information can be found at

The German Society of Rockford uses proceeds to fund outreach programs, scholarships and club activities that further the German heritage preservation in local communities.

From the Oct. 19-25, 2011, issue

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