Celebrate German Culture at Annual Oktoberfest

At the masskrugstemmen, or stein hoist competition, see how long you can hold 32 ounces of beer in a heavy glass stein. Don’t spill or drop your arm or shake too much or succumb to jeers of the crowd.

Eat, drink and celebrate all things German at Triangle Oktoberfest this weekend. The two-day beer, food and music festival benefits local and international charities.

The Apex Sunrise and Cary MacGregor Rotary Clubs, in collaboration with the Town of Cary, host the 6th annual Oktoberfest on Friday, Oct. 18, from 5 to 10 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 19, from noon to 9 p.m.

The Polka Brothers will perform contemporary polka tunes as well as cover versions of pop and rock songs.

The Polka Brothers from New York City will once again entertain revelers with their unique take on classic and contemporary polka tunes as well as cover versions of pop and rock songs. Other returning favorites include the popular Wiener Dog Races, Masskrugstemmen (stein hoist competition), Hammerschlagen (hammer striking), and Kinder Platz (kid play area). New this year is the Miss Oktoberfest Contest and Beer Tasting Competition.

“Each year we see the event grow as more people realize our event supports great charitable organizations,” said Craig Duerr, chair and official bürgermeister for the event. “This year we are excited to partner with U.S. Veterans Corps as our main beneficiary to support our military and provide funds for disaster relief efforts in North Carolina.”

At the festival beer lovers can enjoy a host of authentic German brews from Munich, along with more than 30 seasonal Oktoberfest and craft beers from local breweries. Food choices include traditional Bavarian fare from Capital Club 16, Annelore’s German Bakery, and lots of bratwurst.

Admission is $15 for Friday, $20 for Saturday starting at noon, and $15 for Saturday after 4 p.m. Kids age 16 and younger are free. Discounts are available for seniors and active or retired military.

All proceeds benefit the Triangle Oktoberfest Rotary Foundation, which has raised more than $200,000 to date, including $14,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of N.C. and $56,000 for local charities, international service projects, and youth scholarships and exchange programs.

For complete information, go to triangleoktoberfest.org.

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