Oktoberfest set for Oct. 5-6 in Loves Park

Staff Report

LOVES PARK, Ill. — The German Society is gearing up for the 48th Annual Oktoberfest Celebration, which will be Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5-6, at Loves Park City Hall, 100 Heart Blvd., Loves Park, Ill.

A tradition in the 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.

The German Society of Rockford will offer a taste of Germany with their expansive German menu, including German sausages, potato pancakes, German potato salad and more.

The German Society has added a new outdoor stage this year and will continue with outdoor activities such as the “Bier Barrel Race for Charity,” 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. 5.

The festival opens at 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 5. Following a Bavarian tradition of beginning a genuine Oktoberfest with the tapping of the keg, Darryl Lindberg, mayor of Loves Park, will do the honors of breaking the keg’s seal, declaring the party under way with “O’zapt is!” (Bavarian for “It is tapped!”). The opening ceremony is at 7 p.m., Friday.

Tickets are $5 in advance for the entire two-day festival or $5 a day at the festival gate during the festival. VIP Party Packs are available for $35 each. Tickets are available at all area Logli and Hilander locations, Der Rathskeller and Advanced Machine in Rockford. More information can be found at www.germanoktoberfest.org.

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. 3-9, 2012, issue

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