Saline, Michigan – Live music and German beer fill downtown Saline at the annual Oktoberfest.
Tickets for Friday and Saturday events, September 16-17, are $5 for those 21 and older. Under 21 is free. Admission tickets and drink tickets can be purchased online.
The two-day event kicks off at 5pm on Friday, with the opening ceremony – the tapping of the golden barrels – starting at 6:30pm.
The festival gates open at 10am on Saturdays and host a variety of events during the day, including a beer garden and kids area.
Food vendors at the festival will offer a variety of food types, including cinnamon rolls, mac and cheese and comfort food, said Holly Andrews, executive director of Saleen Main Street.
The Deutscher Kleider Pageant and Contest kicks off on Saturday at 4:30pm on the festival’s main stage. Contestants compete for bragging rights while showing off traditional German attire such as dirndl and lederhosen.Participating applicants will be accepted directly from 16:00
There’s also a Hammerspiel tournament on Saturday at 5:30pm. In the German game, players must take turns swinging the nails on the log. The first person to drive the nail head into the log wins.
Interested parties must pay a $5 admission fee to play. Registration will take place at 5pm in the beer garden area. His 1st place winner of the tournament will receive a $100 gift card for downtown Saline businesses, and 2nd place will earn him $50 on those gift cards.
Saturday’s musical line-up includes performances by Fifty Amp Fuse from 8-11pm.
In addition to the festival’s events, Saleen’s business plans to get into the Oktoberfest spirit, where there is something for everyone and a “party everywhere”.
Find out more about Saline Oktoberfest here.
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