- Jim Ingram
One of the nation’s youngest Oktoberfest celebrations is becoming one of the fastest growing in the Dayton area. Oktoberfest Springboro — which was named one of the Top 10 Up-and-Coming Oktoberfests a few years back — is expanding for 2017.
The two-day event — in its fifth year and happening Sept. 8 and 9 — is organized by the Springboro United Church of Christ. The church announced a deal with the city and their neighbors from the celebration’s Facebook page, enabling them to stretch out a little more. More space will allow for more attractions this year, organizers say.
“We’re expanding into (West Mill Street). We’re adding about 1,500 square feet of space,” said Randy Simmons, one of the event’s co-organizers.
Which brings us to the four reasons you should head to Oktoberfest Springboro this year:
1. SPECIAL BEER
More and more festivals have embraced the craft beer surge in recent years, but this Oktoberfest takes it a step further. Several Cincinnati and Dayton-area breweries — including Fifth Street Brewpub, Toxic Brew Company, Lock 27 Brewing and Crooked Handle Brewing Company — will be brewing up their own special batches of suds just for this event.
“They’ll be making their own Germanic style of beer with their own twists on it,” Simmons said. “I’m super excited about that.”
2. MORE BEER
In expanding the festival’s total area, organizers hope to eliminate one issue that annoys thirsty people near and far: long lines.
“Last year, Friday night had long lines for beer. This year we have four beer trucks. So that should take care of some of the complaints,” Simmons said.
Oktoberfest Springboro will also not be raising beer prices this year. In fact, depending on the size, there will be no difference in price between craft and regular beer options.
3. WIENER DOG RACE
Organizers have promised more beer and more food, but they’ve also added some fun things to do. Of course, there’ll be more games, but the hottest item is sure to be the wiener dog races on Saturday. There is no charge to enter your little champion in this competition. Even if you don’t own a dachshund, it’s worth catching as a spectator.
4. YOU DON’T HAVE TO MISS THE BUCKEYES
Missing the Ohio State-Oklahoma football game is unthinkable to most Buckeye fans. Organizers will have the broadcast on a big screen, so there should be no worries there. As an added bonus, it’ll be in a setting where it’s more appropriate to shout “O-H!” at the top of your lungs than where you were probably going to watch it anyway.
WANT TO GO?
What: Oktoberfest Springboro
Where: Springboro United Church of Christ, 5 W. Mill St.
When: Sept. 8-9
Cost: $3 or free for the whole family when accompanied by someone in a youth league soccer or football uniform before 2 p.m.