Kingsport Oktoberfest 2011
Kingsport, TN – Even if you don’t have any German in your family tree, grab your lederhosen! Be a German for a Day at the premier Oktoberfest in the Southeast. Plan for a day of fun and entertainment at the Kingsport Oktoberfest with proceeds to benefit Keep Kingsport Beautiful, Chamber Foundations, Speedway Children’s Charities and Toys for Tots. Saturday, September 24, 2011
The Craft Bier Garden will showcase 25 craft brewers bringing different brews for everyone to try. Everyone who purchases a ticket for the Craft Bier Garden will also gain FREE admission to Beer University.
Beer University is the first of it’s kind in the region, with the focus on Beer Education.
In addition, at Beer University, you will get to try unique beers that you will only be able to find at the Oktoberfest. Brewers will lead discussions ranging from How to Barrel Age Beer to How to start a Nano-Brewery. We are also a proud supporter of the American Homebrew Association and all of the regional clubs.
Brace yourself for a full day of music and fun. The Oktoberfest will have two music stages and roaming music, with free music for everyone. There will also be a Artisan Craft Market to the festival. The Kingsport Oktoberfest has something for everybody. Families and kids can enjoy the Das Kid Zone with 3 FREE bounce rides, a FREE Roaming train, a FREE children’s craft section, a FREE Yodeling contest, Jugglers, and other great activities.
The fun starts with the Toys for Tots Kids Run and Mudrun, then moves to the Biers, Cheers and Tears – Beer Run. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner of the Beer Run receive NASCAR tickets and proceeds go the Speedway Children’s Charities. Have fun and support a great cause.
The Oktoberfest – Guinness Book of World Records Cornhole Toss and Tournament gives everyone who enters a change to own the world record in the Toss or win $1000 cash for first place. It’s the largest cornhole tournament in Tennessee, with the largest 1st place prize ($1000) in Tennessee and the only American Cornhole Organization sanctioned cornhole tournament in the Tri-cities.
The day continues with the Wiener Dog ‘Brat Trot’ Race with wiener dogs vying for the TriCities Title. Every dog receives a hotdog costume and the winner receives a spa package at Classy Clawz and Pawz. The Oktoberfest will also have foster dogs looking for homes available. For Bavarian Brat Eating Contest is something everyone can enjoy with costumed participants showing off their Brat Eating skills. This is a FREE event for those that qualify at Freiberg’s German Restaurant. Come on out and cheer on your favorite participant. The event will be aired live on WQUT.
Oktoberfest in the East Tennessee
From Gatlinburg’s German heritage to the original settlers in the Tri-Cities, German heritage plays an important role in the Appalachian Mountains. The Kingsport Oktoberfest embraces our German influences by having Oktoberfest, a celebration of German heritage and fun for everyone. We bet you’ve heard about Oktoberfest, but do you know where it comes from? Oktoberfest is a 16-18 day festival held each year in Munich, Germany. The very first Oktoberfest was held the third week of September in 1810 as a celebration of Prince Ludwig’s marriage.
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