New Downtown Oktoberfest set for Saturday
ART Milwaukee, Newaukee and the Westown Association will toast Milwaukee's German heritage with a daylong Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday, Sept. 24, from noon to 10 p.m. at Pere Marquette Park and Old World 3rd Street.
Oktoberfest Milwaukee 2011 kicks off with a family and pet friendly Brat Trot for the Hunger Task Force, in which participants run 1.5 city blocks with a brat in one hand and a beer (or root beer) in the other.
Following the race and throughout the afternoon, Pere Marquette Park hosts family friendly art and entertainment provided by ART Milwaukee's nonprofit division Community ARTreach. Children and families are welcome to join in a number of German-inspired arts and crafts like traditional gingerbread decorating, live stein creation and painting lessons and face painting.
Throughout the day, five beer gardens in the park and on the street will feature 10 Wisconsin-based German bands. A German-inspired fashion show will take place in the park along with local German dance performances. Several competitions of dodge ball, tug-of-war, Hammerschlaggen and a mustache contest will occur throughout the beer gardens.
At 3 p.m. customary keg tapping will be performed by a local high-profile member of the community and will launch the Das Bar Tour, a photo scavenger hunt that encourages guests to decipher small riddles, find the appropriate photo location and capture the most creative solution of the hint. The winners of the photo challenge will receive two Green Bay Packers tickets.
"Our hope is to position Milwaukee as the official U.S. Oktoberfest destination," said Ian Abston, president of Newaukee and event coordinator for OnMilwaukee.com. "Through the closure of the street and participation of all the businesses within that district, we plan to create a culturally sound replication of a traditional Oktoberfest that Milwaukeeans of all ages can enjoy."
OnMilwaukee.com is a sponsor of Oktoberfest.
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