Oktoberfest Northwest set to raise a stein at 8th annual event

Oktoberfest is more than just drinking beer, eating pretzels and pondering creative ways to invade Poland. All things German will be on display at the eighth annual

Oktoberfest Northwest, presented by Emerald Queen Casino, set to take over the Puyallup Fair and Events Center Oct. 5-7.

Oktoberfest Northwest is known throughout the region for providing authentic German entertainment, and the 2012 event will feature another outstanding line-up of performers crooning everything from Edelweiss to polka versions of popular rock songs.

Alongside the beer garden, musical acts, dancing in feathered hats and leather shorts will be the Hammerschlagen Tournament of Champions, where participants compete to hammer a nail into a board as fast as possible; and the crowd-pleasing Weiner Dog Races that pits these short-legged tubes of fury against the clock. A Stein Dash 5K run, where participants will run with a souvenir stein that will just happen to get filled in the beer garden at the end of the race if runners or walkers are so included.

Headlining the event this year is Manuela Horn’s Ultimate Oktoberfest Party. Horn has been entertaining audiences around the world for 10 years. She best known for her performances in Seattle’s Teatro Zinzanni variety show, the rock-opera movie “Rent” and the TV show “America’s Got Talent.” Known in the yodeling circles as “the Austrian Amazon,” the 6-foot, 2-inch woman is a dancing, acting, and joke telling force of nature best known for her yodeling dominatrix and host of about a dozen other characters she has crafted. Also returning this year are the Allgauer AlpinCats, direct from Germany and featuring a fun, lively, traditional Oktoberfest performance.

Oktoberfest Northwest is a collaborative effort between Festivals Inc. (producers of the Bite of Seattle) and the Western Washington Fair Association. Discount admission coupons are available at participating south King County and Pierce County Safeway stores. Oktoberfest Northwest is an all-ages event until 7 p.m. each evening (and all day Sunday!). After 7 p.m., guests must be 21 years of age or older. Admission is free before 3 p.m. on Friday and $10 for Friday night or all day Saturday. Tickets are half price on Sunday. Children 12 and under are free. For general festival information, go to http://www.oktoberfestnw.com.


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