Oktoberfest brings the flavor of Germany to CL

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Photo by Donna Ritchie

Revelers in lederhosen, overflowing beer mugs, traditionally dressed brass musicians, dancing, contests, Bavarian hats—Oktoberfest returns to Canyon Lake tomorrow, Sept. 28, from 4 to 9 p.m. in the upper parking lot of the Towne Center.

The original Oktoberfest, held annually for approximately two weeks in Munich, Germany, is the world’s largest Volkfest (beer festival and traveling fair). Fortunately, Canyon Lakers don’t have to travel that far to celebrate this annual German tradition.

Hosted by the Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce and the Sports Stop, the 9th annual Canyon Lake Oktoberfest features live music, traditional German food, beer and wine, dancing, contests and vendors.

The American Bavarian Brass Band will be returning this year to entertain the crowd throughout the evening.

This family-friendly event also offers a kids zone with a bounce house, face painting and a special appearance from Lake Elsinore Storm’s mascot Thunder.

Oktoberfest wouldn’t be complete without Beer Drinking (non-alcoholic) and Stein Holding contests. Other contests include Hot Dog Eating and Jalapeno Eating. Contests are limited to the first 12 people who sign up. Prizes will be awarded to the winner.

The purchase of alcohol requires a photo ID and wristband. Beer and wine tickets cost $5 each. Commemorative mugs will be available for purchase for $5. Outside alcohol and coolers are not permitted.

Bavarian costumes (lederhosen and dirndls) are encouraged. All ages are invited to participate in the Chicken Dance and Grand March.

Vendor spaces are filled and no longer available. Organizers are seeking volunteers to help set up between the hours of 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Community service hours are available for high school students. Volunteers should be able to lift 50 pounds. For more information, call 951-244-6124 or email canyonlakechamber@outlook.com.

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