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What: Placerville Oktoberfest
Who: Placerville Downtown Association
Where: Main Street in Placerville
When: Saturday, Sept.21 from 3 to 8 p.m.
Cost: There is no admission fee but food and beverages will be for sale
Information: placerville-downtown.org/events_info/2013_Oktoberfest or call 530-672-3436
Break out your lederhosen, feathered cap and dirndl skirt because the third annual Placerville Oktoberfest on Main Street is coming up with some new events and the opportunity for even more wiener dogs to participate in the Wiener Dog Races. This year, Oktoberfest is on Saturday, Sept.21 from 3 to 8 p.m., but sign-ups for racing dogs are being taken now.
One of the new features of the ever-growing Oktoberfest will be the hot dog eating contest.
“We wanted to add more contests for our visitors and hot dogs were a thematic match to the wiener dogs,” said Burgermeister Jeff Winzeler. “We’ll have 10 contestants and they will be given five hot dogs each. The one that finishes the hotdogs and the buns first, wins.”
Another new feature is a section of VIP tables in the biergarten.
“The VIP tables will offer people a home base to sit and eat or talk and the people will have the table for the duration of the event,” said Winzeler. “For $200, you can reserve a table for 10 for the whole event and have your own dedicated place near the biergarten and food court.”
Each VIP guest will also receive special souvenirs of the event.
German beer, bratwurst, sauerkraut, pretzels and strudel will be offered for sale.
“This year, in order to keep the lines moving more smoothly, people will be able to purchase food directly from the vendors instead of having to buy food tickets first,” said Winzeler.
The biergarten will be on the east end of Main Street and will feature four stations of beer.
Nor-Cal Beverages will bring Spaaten and Franzikaner beers; Old Hangtown Beer Works will offer German-style beer and new to the Oktoberfest this year, Gold Hill Brewery, will bring a German-style lager. Two other beer stations will be placed along Main Street as well.
Live traditional German music will be performed by the Grand Isle Fire Brigade Band.
“This band strolls around the street which leaves the stage free for our contests and dance demonstrations,” said Winzeler.
Traditional Bavarian dances performed by the El Dorado International Dance Association and Fall-themed dances by Jammin Dance and Fitness will get everyone’s toes tapping — maybe enough to join in a polka or the chicken dance.
The chugging contest with divisions for both men and women and the mighty mug contest in which you hold a mug of beer straight out for as long as possible are two popular contests and they will be held on the stage near the Bell Tower.
On the west end of Main Street a Kid Zone will offer fun games for children away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the street and the third annual Wiener Dog races will be held there as well — bigger and better than ever.
“Last year we had 50 contestants and this year we’re hoping for 64 entries,” said Winzeler. “People can now sign up online to enter their dogs in the race. We tried to make it as easy and convenient as possible.”
Main Street will be closed from Sacramento Street to Bedford Avenue. Oktoberfest is Saturday, Sept. 21, the same day as the original Oktoberfest in Munich. It will run from 3-8 p.m. There is no admission fee, but special pre-event logo beer glasses with one beer ticket are on sale while supplies last and can be purchased at The Wine Smith, 346 Main Street in Placerville, for $8.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the glasses and from the Wiener Dog races will go to the Safe Pet Program of the Center for Violence-free Relationships.
For more information about the event, to reserve a VIP table, or to register your wiener dog in the races, visit the Website at placerville-downtown.org/events_info/2013_Oktoberfest or call 530-672-3436.
Contact Wendy Schultz at 530 344-5069 or [email protected] Follow @wschultzMtDemo on Twitter.