Where can you find German music, food, beer and wine, a classic car show, tractor rides, a stein hoisting competition, a raffle — and a Dachshund Dash?
If you answered Oktoberfest at Old Settlers Park, congratulations. You’re already familiar with the annual event, which returns Saturday.
Festivities include all that German food, beverages and live music, along with dancing, German street organs, hammerschlagen (a game involving nails and hammers and a stump) and chainsaw carving.
“It’s a slice of German culture, smack dab in the middle of Kenosha County,” County Executive Jim Kreuser said of the event, hosted by Kenosha County Parks and the nonprofit Old Settlers Oktoberfest organization.
Among the most popular features is the Dachshund Dash, in which dachshunds and dachshund mixes vie for the honors of Top Dog and Hot Dog. Immediately after the Dachshund Dash is an Open Class/All Breed Dog Dash. All dogs are welcome to participate in the open-class event.
The daylong festivities will kick off officially at noon, when County Board Supervisor John Poole will tap a ceremonial keg of beer.
“Old Settlers Oktoberfest has become a wonderful tradition in our community,” said Rebecca Lancour, president of the Old Settlers Oktoberfest organization. “It’s a great day to simply take a break and spend quality time with your family, friends and neighbors.”
Added Kreuser, “Summer is ending, but another great season is beginning. Come out and celebrate fall in the beautiful setting of Old Settlers Park.”
Admission and parking are free. Proceeds from the event will go toward the eventual construction of a permanent band shelter in Old Settlers Park. To date, the Oktoberfest group has raised more than $70,000 of its $100,000 goal.