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Top 10 Must Do’s at Oktoberfest

Ally, Marketing Design Coordinator, July 10, 2017

We are counting down the days to where we will gather at Leinenkugel’s for the 2017 Royalty announcement and parade up to the fairgrounds, decked out in our authentic German attire to witness the legendary tapping of the Golden Keg.

After the ceremony, what do you do first? To make sure you have a memorable Oktoberfest experience, we created a list of 10 things you should not to miss at Oktoberfest.

1. Sing Ein Prosit with Crazy George

 Chances are, you have done this without realizing it. Crazy George is a staple at Oktoberfest, singing songs and playing his accordion.

2. Bavarian Pretzels

Bavarian pretzels are one of the many important food groups at Oktoberfest, we suggest you eat as many as you can to maintain your healthy, Oktoberfest-ready physique.

3. Learn how to polka dance

There is no such thing as awkward at Oktoberfest! Step out on the dance floor and follow along, someone will always be there to show you how it’s done.

4. Win a game of hammerschlaggen

Hammerschlaggen is much more difficult than it sounds. There is a log and a long nail sticking out for each player. Everyone takes turns trying to hammer their nail in, the one who pounds it in, wins. The more drinks you have, the easier it seems to get! Watch it here!

5. Eat your weight in sauerkraut

Another important food group at Oktoberfest. There is even a sauerkraut eating contest for the hard-core fans.

6. Try every beer on tap... many times

Enough said.

7. Enter the Beer Stein Holding Competition

If you hold a beer stein full of water at shoulder level, arm extended, longer than anyone else, you will be a true Oktoberfest Champion.

8. Take a picture with the Oktoberfest royalty

Each year, the Oktoberfest Committee selects a couple who is very involved in the community and elects them as Festmeister and Festmeisterin (Festival Masters) There are 15 sets of Oktoberfest Royalty, one Festmeister and Festmeisterin for each year. Take a picture with them and use #CFOFest

9. Watch the Glockenspiel

Some of the Oktoberfest Committee members get together and perform at the Glockenspiel. You will laugh, you will cry, you will take a lot of pictures! This performance will give you the entertainment you have been craving.

10. Explore the Famileintreff (Family Fun) Building

Music, face painting, authentic German clothing, magic shows and more can be found under one roof. You could easily spend hours in there and you wouldn’t regret it!

This list is only the sweet candy shell to the deliciousness that is Oktoberfest. So, Halt deine Lederhosen and join us September 15-17 at the Northern Wisconsin State Fair Grounds!

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