When: Friday and Saturday, September 24-25, 2010
Times: 5-10 p.m.
Where: Fountain Park – 12925 N. Saguaro Blvd, Fountain Hills, AZ
Cost: Admission is free; Tickets for food and beverages raging from $4-$12
Even if you are not of German heritage, grab your stein and join the Town of Fountain Hills for a celebration of Oktoberfest in beautiful Fountain Park. This event will provide non-stop musical entertainment, a beer garden, fun contests, kids inflatable rides and raffles. In addition, Mayor Jay Schlum will officiate the “Tapping of the Keg” to kickoff the festivities.
The “die echten Wald-Baum” from Germany will entertain the Fountain Hills crowd with traditional Oktoberfest entertainment. There will be a Bier stein holding contests, best dressed Oktoberfest, Alphorn blowing, and a Polka contest.
A highlight of the Oktoberfest is definitely the food, which in includes Brats, Sauerkraut and Potato Salad as well as the famous Apple Strudel that will be provided by skilled volunteers from local service organizations.
The event is presented by the Southwest German Society, AMVETS Post 7, and the Fountain Hills Elks Lodge #2846 with 100% of the proceeds from the event will benefit the organizations and their local charities with children, education, a worldwide student exchange, including but not limited to Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Sister Cities student exchange programs. The event is supported by the Town of Fountain Hills.
It may be called “Oktoberfest,” but the big event starts in September in Germany. It all began with a wedding—in October 1810. On the 12th day of October that year, Crown Prince Ludwig (later King Ludwig I of Bavaria) wed Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen and held a big party near Munich (München). It was so popular, that the party complete with horse racing took place again the following year, prompting the start of a traditional German celebration that has become world famous. Other than for interruptions caused by war or disease, Oktoberfest has been celebrated every year since 1811. The massive Bavarian Volksfest begins each year on a Saturday in September and ends 16-18 days later usually on the first Sunday in October. Oktoberfest will celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2010.
For more information, contact Community Services at (480) 816-5151 or visit Fountain Hills Oktoberfest Facebook Fan Page.