Mifflinburg prepares for annual Oktoberfest

PHOTO PROVIDED Dancers frolic to German tunes during a previous year’s Oktoberfest celebration in Mifflinburg.

MIFFLINBURG — The 14th annual Oktoberfest kicks off in this Union County borough on Oct. 5-6 at the VFW Carnival Grounds, 10770 Old Turnpike Road. Hours are 1 to 11 p.m. Oct. 5 and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 6

New this year are different beers, new mugs and a third band.

The event opens at 1 p.m. Oct. 5 with Mayor David Cooney tapping the firkin. Music and German dancers will entertain in the afternoon while the evening headliner is John Stevens’ Doubleshot from 7 to 11 p.m.

On Saturday, a new band, The Schutzengiggles Oompah Band, will perform from 1 to 5 p.m., followed by the Bavarian Stompers from 6 to closing at 10 p.m.

Traditional German beer will be on tap including Spaten lager, Spaten dark, Franziskaner wheat, Hofbrau Oktoberfest, Hofbrau dark and Hacker Pschorr Oktoberfest. There will be additional varieties of Rusty Rail craft beers and German-style wines from Shade Mountain Winery.

The Mifflinburg Buggy Museum will offer hay rides, cow and chicken plop bingos and Punkin’ Chunkin’ with an actual trebuchet — including glow-in-the-dark pumpkins for the evening hours.

On Saturday, the Keg Toss at 1 p.m. will bw followed by the Mug Lift at about 3. There are men’s and women’s divisions for both competitions.

For the Keg Toss, competitors, toss an empty metal beer keg as far as possible.

For the Mug Lift, participants must hold two 1-liter full mugs in each hand for as long as possible. There is a $2 signup fee and signups may be done on Oct. 6 at the souvenir booth.

Food vendors will be on-site.

Prices vary for those who plan to consume alcoholic beverages; however, there is no fee for those who will not be purchasing beer or wine.

Visitors must be at least 21 years old to purchase a wristband and IDs are required.

The Scarlet D/Mifflinburg Hotel will offer a “safe drive” program. If guests stay overnight at the hotel, staff will drop them off and pick them up. If festivalgoers feel they should not drive, hotel staff will pick them up and take them to the hotel where they can rent a room for the night, pending availability.

Parking is free and the grounds are handicapped-accessible. Only certified service animals are permitted.

For more information, see www.facebook.com/ MHRA; call 570-966-1666; or email mhra@dejazzd.com.

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