Special Events/Races


Bier Barrel Race – Saturday, October 6th 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 4-6 people 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…. Sign up by filling out the 2018 Oktoberfest Bier Barrel Race Registration Form and sending the filled out form to dorothybeck4@comcast.net.



The Running of the Wieners – Saturday, October 6th, 2017 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 ends at 4:00pm. Check in by 4:15pm.

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.





BarMaid Stein Race – Saturday, October 6th, 2017 at 4pm

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, was our Bier Maid Stein race winner. She carried the most mugs of bier at a count of 19!

Sign up for the Barmaid 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!

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


German Folk Dance and language lessons for children
– Saturday, October 6th, at 3:30pm (meet at 2:30)

Children, bring your parents to watch as you learn a traditional folk dance from one of our D’Waldstadttänzer German Folk Dance 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 Dancers 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!


Performances by D’Waldstadttänzer German Folk Dancers
– Friday & Saturday










Miss Oktoberfest Pageant Friday, October 5th at 7:00 pm

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