Cuyahoga Falls — It’s time to don your lederhosen and to dust off your dirndls. The 35th annual Cuyahoga Falls Oktoberfest will be staged downtown this weekend, featuring bands, bratwurst and beer.
The event will be Sept. 12 from 5 to 11 p.m.; Sept. 13 from noon to 11 p.m.; and Sept. 14, from 1 to 8 p.m. Admission, parking and entertainment will be free. Organizers are hoping to draw about 20,000 to 30,000 people over the weekend. Sponsors include Lexus of Akron-Canton, The House of LaRose, Akron Metro, Yuengling, Falls Heating and Cooling and Webscapes,
Prepare yourself for a day of family-oriented fun including dancers from the German Society in Brimfield as well as oompah music, a large array of traditional German fare like sausage and schnitzel, and arts and crafts vendors with wares for you to peruse and purchase. Tickets also are available for the third annual Oktoberfest Reverse Raffle. The winner will be drawn in January 2015. If you’re interested in participating, contact Dawn Bolin at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ed Denholm at email@example.com.
Mike Thomas has been on the Oktoberfest Committee for 11 years and chaired the event four times. He says the Oktoberfest is the longest running festival in the city. Organizers moved the event from October to September several years ago. “The weather tends to be better then (in September than October),” Thomas says, adding, “The last five years we had the Oktoberfest in October we battled rain, sleet and even snow.”
You can fill your stein with Spaten, a German beer, or Yuengling Oktoberfest and Yuengling Light. Every year the Oktoberfest Committee sells a collector’s mug. “There’s literally people who show up Friday and wait for us to open so they can buy that mug,” Thomas says, adding, “There are many people who have the whole series.”
While he has some traces of German in his ancestry, Thomas says he got involved “because we give back to the community through local charities.” Proceeds from past Oktoberfests have benefitted charities and organizations including: Cuyahoga Falls Veteran War Memorial; scholarships to Cuyahoga Falls and Woodridge High School students; the Cuyahoga Falls and Woodridge High School Bands; Cuyahoga Falls M&M’s; Cuyahoga Valley Art Center; Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce; Western Reserve Hospital; Cuyahoga Falls and Northampton Historical Societies; Cuyahoga Falls High School Athletics Departments; Cuyahoga Falls Challenger Little League; Akron Zoo; Falls Cancer Club; Riverfront Centre Clock Tower; Good Neighbors; FOCUS; Muscular Dystrophy; D.A.R.E.; and the YMCA.
Visit www.oktoberfestcfo.com/ for a schedule of events and other details about the Cuyahoga Falls Oktoberfest.
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IF YOU GO:
What: 35th annual Cuyahoga Falls Oktoberfest
Where: Falls River Square, Broad Boulevard and Riverfront Parkway near Front Street
When: Sept. 12, 5 to 11 p.m.
Sept. 13, noon to 11 p.m.
Sept. 14, 1 to 8 p.m.
Cost: Parking and admission are free
Information: Visit www.oktoberfestcfo.com