The first Waukesha Oktoberfest will take place in Frame Park on Friday, Sept. 23 and Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, as announced by the City of Waukesha Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department (WPRF). The event is planned to be held annually.

Waukesha Oktoberfest will be a free event, open to the public, and will include German music, entertainment, activities, food and beverages. City of Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly will be in charge of cooking the bratwurst during the event. Festivities will also include the “Wurst Beer Biathlon,” concessions of food, and Sprecher Brewing Company beers and sodas. A portion of event proceeds will benefit local community organizations.

Waukesha Oktoberfest will take place in Frame Park in the area of the Formal Gardens. The event will open Friday with the “tapping of the firkin” at 5 p.m. hosted by Sprecher Brewing Company and Mayor Reilly. Blaskapelle Milwaukee will entertain Oktoberfest-goers until 9 p.m., and contests of hammerschlagen, masskrugstemmen and cornhole will be offered.

The “Wurst Beer Biathlon” 5K, in cooperation with Silver Circle Sports, will start — the race is a timed 5K race with participants eating a bratwurst during the race. Register at www.silvercirclesportsevents.com/wurst-beer-biathlon. Nonprofit organizations partnering for concession sales at Waukesha Oktoberfest include: City of Waukesha Friends of the Parks, Waukesha Citizens Police Academy Association, Waukesha Kiwanis Early Risers and Waukesha Sunrise Rotary Club. The carry-in of alcoholic beverages is not allowed and will be strictly enforced.

For more information about the race and other WPRF activities, call WPRF at 262-524-3737 or visit www.waukesha-wi.gov/427/Parks-Recreation-Forestry.

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