One of the nation’s youngest Oktoberfest celebrations is becoming one of the fastest growing in the Dayton area. Oktoberfest Springboro was named one of the Top 10 Up-and-Coming Oktoberfests a few years back. The celebrated festival has all you’d want from a German festival — from food to beer, to uh, more beer.
The two-day event — in its sixth year and happening Sept. 7 and 8 — is organized by the Springboro United Church of Christ.
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Here are seven reasons you should head to Oktoberfest Springboro this year:
1. GERMAN AND DOMESTIC BEERS
There will be an exclusive selection of domestic and German-inspired beers including the following: Paulaner Original Munich Helles, Hacker-Pschorr Munich Dunkel, Ayinger Oktoberfest Marzen, Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzen, Paulaner Heffeweizen, Paulaner Pilsner, Paulaner Salvator, Ayinger Brauweisse, Ayinger Celebrator, Yuengling Oktoberfest, Yuengling Amber Lager, Yuengling Porter, Yuengling Black & Tan, Yuengling Light. Beer not your thing? Be sure to check out the list of wine, schnapps and ciders.
2. BUCKEYES ON THE BIG SCREEN
Missing the Ohio State football game is unthinkable to most Buckeye fans. Organizers will have a broadcast of the OSU-Rutgers game on a big screen TV, which will be raffled off at the end of the night.
3. WIENER DOG RACE
Beyond beer and food, there’s much merriment to be had. Cue the wiener dog race. On Saturday, Sept. 8 at 12 p.m., cheer on the dachshunds as they run their short legs across a dedicated track. Prizes will be given out for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.
Proceeds from the festival will be used to help local charities in supporting those in need. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Franklin Food Pantry, Hope House Mission, Cincinnati Shriners Hospitals for Children, Springboro Community Assistance Center and Military Order of the Purple Heart.
5. GERMAN GRUB
Authentic German dinners will be served in the Carespring Festhalle. With over 10 varieties of German Wurst, dozens of desserts and traditional side dishes, you’ll feel like you’re right in Deutschland.
6. BEARD CONTEST
Think your facial hair is impressive? The Thomas Stiver Memorial Beard Contest will be the judge of that. This contest is free to enter and prizes will be awarded.
7. HOT DOG EATING CONTEST
Open to children of all ages, this free-to-enter contest will test the strength of competitors stomachs. How many hot dogs can you eat? Prizes to be awarded.
WANT TO GO?
What: Oktoberfest Springboro
Where: Springboro United Church of Christ, 5 W. Mill St.
When: Sept. 7-8
Cost: $3 per guest, kids 12 and under are free