BOYERTOWN PA – Be ready to raise your steins, and revel in the spirit of gemutlichkeit (German for comfort), as Boyertown observes its 16th annual Oktoberfest celebration. The weekend opens Sept. 14 (Thursday) at 6 p.m., and offers several events and activities through Sept. 16 (Saturday) at 10 p.m.
The event is generally free to attend and open to the public. However, its beer tent requires a cover charge and drink tickets, and some children’s activities may also require tickets. Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase from a variety of vendors. All are presented by Building a Better Boyertown, the borough’s accredited Main Street America program.
The organization reports Oktoberfest weekend will “be bigger and better than ever before,” as it pays “homage to the rich traditions of German culture and unites in a celebration of community.”
Under the beer tent, visitors will discover a selection of German and locally brewed beers and cider. It’s the place to raise a glass with old friends, or newly made ones, while savoring the beverages’ flavors.
The Oktoberfest schedule
On Sept. 14, starting at 6 p.m., Building a Better Boyertown and Grind will host an OktoberFeast Tasting Preview. Keith Kopicki and the chefs at Grind will pair local beers on tap with appetizers, main entrées, and desserts for a multi-course German-styled meal. Tickets are required.
On Sept. 15, with Oktoberfest open from 6-10 p.m., Yodeling Dave Kline & his Mountain Folk Oktoberfest Band will fill the air with traditional German music. They’ll be accompanied by food and artisan vendors.
On Sept. 16, with Oktoberfest open from 1-10 p.m., the afternoon begins with a ceremonial keg tapping by Mayor Lori Carnes. It will be followed by entertainment from the Auerhahn Schuhplatter Verein German Dancers, GTV Edelweiss Dancers from Liederkranz, German Alumni Band, Happy Dutchman German Band and Fitz Magee.
Sponsorship opportunities for these and other activities remain available for businesses and organizations. Those interested should contact Krista Gross by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Oktoberfest proceeds support the mission of the non-profit Building a Better Boyertown: to preserve the borough’s artistic, historical, and agricultural heritage.
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