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Beer! Brats! Lawn games! It’s all yours for the taking at Springville’s 11th annual Oktoberfest, taking place on Saturday, Sept. 24.

During the largest Chamber-sponsored event of the year, visitors can enjoy a day of live music, traditional German food, such as bratwurst and bratburgers provided by Springville Meat Shoppe, Spar’s Hungarian and Augsburg sausage, homemade sauerkraut, German potato salad and pretzel sliders. Guests will also enjoy craft beer and local wines from Merritt Winery and Ellicottville Winery.

In addition to the array of German eats and treats, a full lineup of entertainment is planned for the event’s two locations—the beer hall and the bar area. Check out the Springville Jazz Orchestra and the Frankfurters in the beer hall, and Mike Nugent and Joe Wagner in the bar area.

Adding more fun to the experience is the annual Southtowns German Car and Motorcycle show from 2 to 5 p.m. During the car show, local vendors and businesses will also be showcased.

Bring out your competitive side!

Challenge others to the best German costume and best Apfel desserts contests. Those who would like to participate in the German costume contest should come to the festival decked out, with winners being announced around 7 p.m. by the Frankfurters. To compete in the best Apfel (German for apple) dessert contest, bring your dish to the kitchen window by 4 p.m. the day of Oktoberfest.

This year also brings the first annual wiener run, in which participants will dress up in hot dog costumes and run from home to second base.

Also new this year is garbage-can beer-pong set up for visitors. People are encouraged to bring their own lawn games to help enjoy the day.

Keeping with the traditions of Germany, Mayor William Krebs will tap a wooden keg filled with Marzen beer. Ellis said the tapping of the keg is a tradition in Munich and is always done by the mayor.

A fireworks show from the ball field will end the night’s festivities.

The free festival will take place rain or shine. The Springville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Oktoberfest is Saturday, Sept. 24, from 2-11 p.m. at Fireman’s Park, 70 Nason Blvd., off Waverly Street. For more information on the event, visit www.SpringvilleChamber.com or call (716) 592-4746.

Event coordinators are also looking for a few volunteers to assist in the kitchen, take photographs, or even grill some delicious meats. If you can help, email assistant@springvillechamber.com.

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