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September 25, 2013

Mount Clemens DDA to host inaugural Oktoberfest

By Julie Snyder
C & G Staff Writer

MOUNT CLEMENS — The sights, sounds and smells of Germany are coming to downtown Mount Clemens this weekend, as the city’s Downtown Development Authority hosts its inaugural Oktoberfest.

Mount Clemens DDA Marketing and Events Coordinator Michelle Weiss said the two-day event, scheduled for Sept. 28-29, is a celebration of the county’s German heritage and will feature traditional German-style Oktoberfest activities, including food, beer, entertainment, a pub-crawl and contests. 

“Part of the reason we wanted to do this is to celebrate the great history of German families in the area, like George and Leigh Kurz and their family who started the first Oktoberfest in the area,” said Weiss. “We wanted to try to resurrect something that once had a great history in Mount Clemens.”

The weekend kicks off at 2 p.m. Sept. 28 when the Biergarten opens and live entertainment commences. Three beers will be on tap, including a domestic, an import and a local craft option. Non-alcoholic refreshments will also be available, and attendees can feast on a variety of German fare, such as grilled sausages, German potato salad, turkey legs, fried pretzel bites and baked soft pretzels. The Biergarten will be located in the Roskopp parking lot at Macomb Place and Southbound Gratiot, adjacent to the Anton Art Center.

The Knockwurst Eating Contest sponsored by Seeburger’s Cheeseburgers will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, and the Strudel Eating Contest sponsored by the Mount Clemens Bakery will be at 3 p.m. on Sept. 29.

For families attending, a Children’s Activity Area with German crafts, games, and activities will be open from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday and from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday.

The Mount Clemens Oktoberfest entertainment lineup is made up of several well-known, traditional and authentic artists and local favorites.

The live entertainment schedule is: Saturday, 2-5 p.m., Mike Wolverton Band; and 6-10 p.m., Big Daddy Lackowski & The La-Dee-Da’s; and Sunday, 2-5 p.m., Eric Neubauer Band. Strolling musicians and Herbert Langegger will also perform.

Weiss said many downtown bars and restaurants will be featuring Oktoberfest food and drink specials. And to encourage attendees to circulate between the Biergarten tent and downtown businesses, a Passport Pub Crawl Contest is being held both days. Oktoberfest attendees visit participating establishments and have their passport stamped, and all completed passports will go into a drawing for a $500 gift card to the Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn.

Hours for the Inaugural Mount Clemens Oktoberfest are 2-11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 and noon-6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29.

For additional information about the DDA, call (586) 469-4168 or go to www.downtownmountclemens.com.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Julie Snyder at jsnyder@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1039.