Special Events/Races

Bier Barrel Race – Saturday, September 24th, 2016 at 6pm

The Bier Barrel Race is a fun and entertaining way for teams to compete, earn the bragging rights of being the winner and enjoy Oktoberfest all at once! Teams of 4 compete for fun, bragging rights & of course a trophy! The game is easy, two from each team must roll an empty barrel (keg) down and back and hand off to the next two of their team members. Those with the quickest time from all three legs of the race are the winners. Don’t laugh! It’s a lot harder than it sounds….

For rules and regulations download the 2016 Bier Barrel Registration form.

Registration is now open.



The Running of the Wieners – Saturday, September 24th, 2016 at 5pm

Dachshund Races at Oktoberfest!

Come watch these cute furry ones run for the gold (trophy) at this year’s Oktoberfest! Enter your dog to compete by filling out the registration form here. There is no fee to enter.

Registration sign in ends at 4:15pm. Practice begins at 4:15 pm.

Parade of the Wieners begins at 4:45 pm. Festival entry is required, but there is no fee to enter your Dachshund into the race. All participants must have two owners that will be with dog to compete in the race.

Bier Maid Stein Race – Saturday, September 24th, 2016 at 4pm


Sponsored this year by Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest! 

Now, we don’t quite think that we’ll get into the Guinness Book of World Record holder, although we did come close at the 2012 Oktoberfest celebration!  Ashley, from the Olympic Tavern (photo on right), was our Bier Maid Stein race winner. She carried the most mugs of bier at a count of 19!

Sign up for the Bier Maid Stein Race at our outside tent.  The woman (or man) who spills the least amount of beer while carrying the most mugs from point A to Point B wins.


Kinderplatz (Children’s outdoor games area)

Kids, don’t let the adults have all of the fun! Join in on all of the exciting events going on outside!

Friday and Saturday, children can enjoy the fun of bouncing high and getting out that Oktoberfest energy at our  inflatable bounce house. On Saturday have some fun with the Frankfurter Toss game.

German Folk Dance and language lessons for children
– Saturday September 24th, 2016 at 2:30pm

Children, bring your parents to watch as you learn a traditional folk dance from one of our D’Waldstadttänzer German Folk Dance Group members. You will spend time learning the dance and then be invited to go inside to the main area to perform afterwards. Parents, bring your cameras! This is surely not to be missed. A donation of $1.00 per child  will go to help the German Society’s D’Waldstadttänzer German Folk Dance Group to keep bringing traditional German folk dance to the Forest City and beyond. After the children dance inside, our instructor and dancers will invite any adults that wish to learn up on the dance floor for a quick lesson, and a fun time dancing with our experienced and talented folk dancers!


Outside performances by D’Waldstadttänzer German Folk Dance Group
– Saturday September 24th, 2016

Inside Activities

D’Waldstadttänzer: German Society’s own Bavarian Folk Dance Group performs both days of the Oktoberfest!

Miss Oktoberfest Pageant Friday, September 23rd at 7:00 pm

The Strong Arm Contest will be held inside during band breaks on Friday and Saturday Outside as well. How long can you hold that mug?