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Oktoberfest in Texas Hill Country

Submitted by on September 7, 2009 – 7:17 pmNo Comment

Fredericksburg OktoberfestAn Oktoberfest is an especially German festival, and Fredericksburg, Texas, is a town full of special German heritage. It’s no wonder that they’re celebrating their 29th Oktoberfest October 2, 3 and 4, 2009! Here’s “oompah” at its best: German music, food and drink, arts and crafts, Kinder Park (a children’s area) and lots of family fun for Road Tripping Foodies!

In the heart of Texas Hill Country, the Oktoberfest is a community event with the essentials: a German Bier Tent and Oktoberfest Vineyard. Adventurous tasters can sample over 30 varieties of domestic and imported beers.

Of course the best of any celebration in Fredericksburg is the hearty menu of delicious German and Mexican-American foods (well, what did you expect? this is Texas after all!) . Over a dozen vendors will be sizzling up fajitas, tacos, burgers, as well as a variety of sausage on a stick and plates with kraut, Cajun goodies, strudel, plus other scrumptious surprises.

Oma & The OompahsThree covered stages host a continuous parade of entertainers. The focus is the German favorites of oompah, polka, and waltzing, with exhibitions, contests, and plenty of opportunities for dancing, including the irresistible “Chicken Dance”! Bands schenduled to perform this year include the Jodie Mikula Orchestra, Oma & The Oompahs (pictured), the Walburg Boys, The TubaMeisters, the Fredericksburg Filharmonic, the Polkamatics, Havlak-Batla Polka Time Band, The Sound Connection, Rajah Khan, Shirley Johnson, Herschel Moody, Czech & Then Some, Ed Kadlecek & The Fun Bunch, the Arion Maennerchor, the Band Aids Jazz Band, Rennie & The Happy Travelers, Hermann Sons Mixed Choir, Janak’s Polka Band, the Swingin’ Dutchmen, Boerne Village Ensemble, the Ennis Czech Boys, The Alpiners USA and the Seven Dutchmen.

texas_f_oSince its inception in 1981, Oktoberfest has been sponsored by the Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance. Community volunteers provide the labor, and all funds are used for student scholarships and to support the local arts.

Oktoberfest hours are 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6, $1 for children 6-12, and under 6 free. Two-day passes are $10; three-day passes are $15.

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