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Oktoberfest on Walnut this Friday …

September 30, 2014

By Kathy Edwards McFarland

This is not really out-of-bounds, but some will consider polka just that – Oktoberfest on Walnut, a free, family-friendly, frothy festival is this Friday

Ron Fink, Ron & the Rowdies, playing Mardi Gras on Walnut DRC/Milne

Ron Fink, Ron & the Rowdies, playing Mardi Gras on Walnut DRC/Milne

on Denton’s Historic Downtown Walnut Street, from 5 p.m. to Midnight. Yes, I am on the Walnut off the Square

board, the organization responsible for March’s Mardi Gras on Walnut, and now this very cool Autumn event. As a result, I can write a glowing endorsement in this blog! I am not the only voice announcing such a colorful, frolicking event …

Kim Phillips mentions in her Denton Record-Chronicle Sept. 27, Sunday Business column,

“While not Denton’s first Oktoberfest, Oktoberfest on Walnut is the new version brought to us by many of the same volunteer organizers and sponsors who put together our first very successful Mardi Gras on Walnut back in March.

Walnut Street, one block south of the Square, will close to traffic and transform into a little version of Munich’s largest festival in the worldDenton-style, of course.

Beer flows at Munchen (Munich) Oktoberfest.

Beer flows at Munchen (Munich) Oktoberfest.

Oh, all the Oktoberfest mainstays will be there in plenty: brats, strudel, pretzels and other Bavarian-style eats. And beer.

Like most Denton events, Oktoberfest is for everyone, the whole family. Count on root beer, floats and lots of ice cream.

Live music is a given aspect of Dentoning.

Oktoberfest in Munich - beer drinker.

Oktoberfest in Munich – beer drinker.

Oktoberfest will pour on the polka with UNT’s Das Oom-Pahs Polka Band and Denton’s own Ron & the Finklesteiners.

There will be all manner of family-friendly shenanigans like nail hammering contests, costume contests, stein hoisting contests and even a kids’ kazoo marching band.

Admission is free and festival proceeds are going to the Kiwanis Club of Denton Children’s Clinic.

It all starts at 5 p.m. The official tapping of the Firkin will be at 6 p.m. Firkin, you ask? Well, that’s yet more of the Oktoberfest story.

In short, it’s a beer barrel. To learn why it’s special, Google Firkin or just follow this link: http://www.examiner.com/article/what-is-a-firkin-and-what-makes-it-so-special-to-beer-drinkers.

Who knew Oktoberfest had such deep roots? Well, perhaps you did.

Make a costume, enter the costume contest!

Make a costume, enter the costume contest!

One thing is certain and will be new to us all. Denton’s Oktoberfest will be an original,

Yes, lederhosen can be hacked, too!

Yes, lederhosen can be hacked, too!

independent twist on the old traditions.”

For the complete article, visit http://www.dentonrc.com/business-tech/denton-business-headlines/20140927-kim-phillips-oktoberfest-comes-to-denton.ece.

KIM PHILLIPS is vice president of the Denton Convention & Visitors Bureau at the Denton Chamber of Commerce. She loves promoting Denton’s original, independent spirit through the city’s sense of place and cast of many characters. She can be reached at kim@discoverdenton.com.

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