By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Oct 01, 2015 at 6:38 PM

At 4:30 p.m. today, Mayor Tom Barrett tapped a keg of Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier at Downtown’s MKE Oktoberfest which officially began the four-day celebration in Pere Marquette Park. This year, the expanded event features a variety of entertainment and a larger tent.

The keg tapping included brief words by Milwaukee County Parks Director John Dargle, Ald. Robert Bauman, County Executive Chris Abele and Hans Weissgerber, the driving force behind the event who owns The Old German Beer Hall and operates of the Estabrook Park Beer Garden.

MKE Oktoberfest takes place Oct. 1-4 and features live music, food – including a Friday night fish fry and a German breakfast on Sunday – along with a market, performances and beer, beer and more beer. For a full schedule, go here.

During this afternoon’s keg tapping, Abele was quick to compliment Weissgerber, saying, "Hans drives change." Barrett was also full of cheer, thanking the large group of attendees for being so willing to drink free beer.

"I know it was a sacrifice," the mayor joked.

Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.

Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.