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Roll out the barrels Oktoberfest is coming!
Roll out the barrels Oktoberfest is coming!

Oldsmar, Florida -- You can bet on a great time for your family beginning Friday, Oct. 19 at 5 p.m. as we tap the keg at Oktoberfest 2012 at Tampa Bay Downs!

The Upper Tampa Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce is betting on a great weekend of non-stop entertainment under the Bigtop tent for the 17th Annual Top o’ the Bay Oktoberfest – presented by Tampa Bay Downs and Beck’s Oktoberfest Bier!

Set for the weekend of Oct. 19-21 at Tampa Bay Downs – to provide a bigger and better celebration with acres of FREE parking – Oktoberfest brings the best of Old Bavaria and new Florida together for three full days of authentic German food, drink, music and dancing along with a spectacular carnival & midway, a great arts & crafts show.

Something for everyone at Oktoberfest

Some come for the music, the singing and dancing, others for the great German sausage, the Hofbrauhaus chicken, the great selection of beer vom Fass (straight from the tap) and Rhein wine.

Teens love the thrill of the carnival and midway; the young ones can't wait to have their faces painted and dance the “Chicken Dance.”

Oom-Pah music to beat the band

A pair of top-notch Oom-pah bands will entertain the troops at this year's event, beginning with one of the top German bands in the South ... Joe Oberaitus & Oktoberfest Express. Joe and the boys are one of the "house bands" at EPCOT's German Village at Walt Disney World.

We will be enjoying the Alex Meixner Band for the first time this year.  Alex is a Grammy nominated musician and producer.  Alex plays a host of instruments and watching him on the accordion and trumpet simultaneously is a real treat. He also features an Alpenhorn which is really a favorite of the kids.

In another tradition, the Top o’ the Bay Oktoberfest will feature performances by three different German folk dancing troupes ... including a group from little ‘ol Oldsmar!

It’s your turn – get into the act!

All weekend long, you're invited to get "into the act" by participating in one of the hourly contests on (and around) the Main Stage. Just sign-up for any of our events when we call the Macho Men and Fearless Frauleins to take part in our contests of strength, endurance and sheer determination. This includes:

  • Stein-Holding
  • Log Sawing
  • Keg Tossing
  • Barrel Rolling

Oktoberfest hours are 5 - 11 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, and noon - 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21.

For more information, call the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce at (813) 855-4233, or check out our website at www.utbChamber.com.

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