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Oktoberfest planned for Oct. 3-5 in Amana Colonies

AMANA — Oktoberfest is planned for Oct. 3-5 in the historic Amana Colonies, offering entertainment for all ages during this traditional German celebration.

Festivities will kick off Oct. 3 with the traveling of the keg from Millstream Brewery to the Festhalle Grounds for the official keg tapping ceremony. The Oktoberfest Parade begins its trek down the main street of Amana at 10 a.m. Oct. 4. This year’s theme, “Magic of Autumn,” will reflect the beauty of fall in the Amana Colonies.

Attendees are invited to test their skills with traditional Oktoberfest challenges and games at the Market Barn — Eisenmann Competition, Log Sawing, Keg Toss, Hammerschlagen and the Brat Eating Contest. Kinderplaz, an area for kids’ activities, is back with pony and carriage rides and other hands-on activities. Patrons also may enjoy the Scare Crow Trail that leads through the villages in Amana and a bike decorating contest.

Featured bands this year are Barefoot Becky and the Ivanhoe Dutchman, The Bavarian Musikmeisters, Johnny Wagner Band and local German Amana group Die Tiefen Keller Kinder.

Pre-sale tickets are now available by calling the Amana Colonies Visitors Center at (800) 579-2294. Pre-sale prices are $7 ($10 after presale) for a one-day pass or $10 ($15 after pre-sale) for a two-day pass, with free admission on Sunday. Kids 16 and younger are free if accompanied by an adult.

For more information and details to all the new events during Oktoberfest, visit www.festivalsinamana.com.

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