Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany has been cancelled for the second year in a row, but Oktoberfest in Kilgore will take place Saturday, Oct. 16 from 1 to 9 p.m. downtown.
The family-friendly event returns this year with food, fun and more. Live music, authentic German food and, of course, many varieties of beer will be available.
Attendees wearing a traditional Lederhosen or Dirndl will have a chance to enter the “Best Dressed” competition.
The event schedule is as follows:
- 1:15 p.m. — Opening and tapping of the keg
- 1:25 p.m. — Performance by “Bier Nutz,” a local oom-pah band
- 2:15 p.m. — Chicken Dance competition
- 2:30 p.m. — Performance by Shannon Roberts Children’s Orchestra
- 2:35 p.m. — Bier Stein Holding Competition
- 3:00 p.m — Performance by “Bier Nutz,” a local oom-pah band
- 4:15 p.m. — Performance by Texas Rhythm Cloggers
- 5:30 p.m. — Performance by Kilgore High School Hi-Steppers
- 6:00 p.m. — “Best Dressed” competition
- 6:30 p.m. — 9 p.m. — Performance by local band “Covie”
Oktoberfest first began Oct. 12, 1810, in Munich, Germany to celebrate the marriage of King Ludwig I and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. The event grew year after year until it became what it is today: an annual folk festival lasting more than two weeks, drawing about 6 million guests each year and serving millions of beers. Other Oktoberfests have been established around the globe, with Kilgore joining in the celebration in 2014.