Left to right, are Laura Schultz, Valkyrie Brewing Co. owner Ann Lee and Nichole Mickelson, serving beer at Valkyrie’s taproom at the 2017 Oktoberfest.

What makes small town festivals like the Dallas Oktoberfest so enjoyable? It is the charm, the local flavor and the distinct personalities of the small, independent businesses who are involved in them. Since its beginning, the Dallas Oktoberfest has focused on keeping it local.

“We started the Dallas Oktoberfest as a way to give back to the community and to support local producers,” said Ann Lee, who has been the event’s organizer for 22 years and co-owner of Valkyrie Brewing Company, the Oktoberfest’s principal sponsor. “Yes, we could bring in mass-produced goods, but that would change the whole festival’s atmosphere. It would no longer be unique to Dallas. The Dallas Oktoberfest is a celebration of our community.” You can join in the celebration on Saturday, Oct. 6.

The Dallas-Sioux Creek Fire Department All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast runs from 7–11 a.m. at the new fire hall. Prices are $7 for adults and $4 for ages 6–11 years; kids 5 and under eat for free. Proceeds are for firefighting equipment upgrades.

After breakfast, take a stroll down Main Street and around the park to see the arts and crafts fair and farmers market from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You will see neighboring farmers with bountiful produce, local artisans and crafters selling handcrafted goods and Boy Scout Troop 102 selling Oktoberfest T-shirts and sweatshirts. Room remains for more vendors. The fee is $15. Call Nicole at 715-418-0875.

For the 10th year, the Dallas Oktoberfest Kubb Tournament will begin at 9 a.m. in the park. This tournament, the second-oldest in the United States, has become so popular that more pitches are being added to accommodate an additional eight teams. This makes the Dallas Oktoberfest tournament the third-largest in the U.S. It is also the first and only six-person team tournament in the states. These teams will be battling it out to win the 10th Edition Commemorative Trophy Cup made by local potterer Kim Losse. Kubb is a yard game that originated in Sweden and may have been played by the Vikings. Tournaments are held all over Europe and there are now 40 tournaments in the U.S. For more information, contact Eric Anderson at wisconsinkubb@gmail.com.

Rounding the corner for the ninth year, the Mark Rausch Memorial Car Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the side street east of the old fire hall. There is no entry fee. A Best of Show trophy and a People’s Choice trophy will be presented during the firemen’s raffle drawing at 3 p.m. in the big tent in the park. Call Ryan at 715-837-1416 for more information.

“It will be an Okto-Beer-Fest, that’s for sure! We’ll have 13 different styles of beer for people to try in three places during the Oktoberfest,” said Randy Lee, the other owner of Valkyrie. Beer will start flowing at 10 a.m. at Valkyrie’s Taproom and under the big tent in the park. Another Valkyrie beer booth opens at 11 a.m. in the tent next to the brewery. Attendees can buy a filled commemorative 2018 Dallas Oktoberfest/10th Edition Dallas Oktoberfest Kubb Tournament mug for $7 while supplies last; refills are $2.

Get ready for the 1860 vintage base ball game, starting in the ball field at 10:30 a.m. The Menomonie Blue Caps will compete against the Sand Creek 9 wearing authentic uniforms and playing by 1860 rules—no gloves allowed.

Clicker’s will grill up loads of beer brats made by local butcher Louie’s Finer Meats, with Valkyrie’s smoked Oktoberfest beer, Whispering Embers. German foods will be provided at Clicker’s booth in the shack next to the big tent in the park starting at 11 a.m.

Strumming away in the afternoon is local talent Jesse Huff, playing American primitive/fingerstyle guitar at 12:30 p.m. in the tent next to the brewery. Later at 2:30 p.m., Minus Leven takes the stage with longtime musicians Randy Scherz and Bernie Arneson, performing original songs.

A dog costume contest starts at 12:30 p.m. next to the brewery on the east side. Register your dog there before the contest at 12 p.m. The winner will receive a basket of dog treats, a trophy and $25. Then, the third annual Wiener Dog Race, also next to the brewery, begins at 2 p.m., with registration at 1:30 p.m. The fastest dachshund will win $50, a trophy and a hot dog costume. All dogs need to be on a 6-foot leash at all times unless racing. Each owner is responsible for their dog’s actions and messes. Dogs should be current with vaccinations and in good health.

Live polka music and dancing commences under the big tent, with music by the six-piece Old Time Preservation Band in the park from 1–5 p.m. Valkyrie will serve beer.

Fly on down to the ball field in the park from 1–5 p.m. to check out the Remote Control Airplane Fun-Fly, organized by the Rice Lake Model Airplane Club.

The fire department is having its fall raffle drawing under the big tent in the park at 3 p.m. Prizes include $1,000 in cash (first place), a Savage .308 with a scope (second), a PSE crossbow package (third), a Remington 12 gauge shotgun (fourth) and an Amish-built cowboy kitchen (fifth) as well as other prizes from It’s About Time, Bob and Steve’s BP, Valkyrie Brewery, Clicker’s, and Pine Crest Golf. Tickets are $5 each or $20 for a book of five.

Other activities in town include pottery and glass jewelry (Studio 201), a book and plant sale (library), antiques (Old Farmers Mercantile), a thrift sale (Dallas Lutheran Church), wood-fired pizza by Ponytail Pizza (next to the brewery), Chetek Bakery (big tent), fresh lefse (park) and cannon blasts (ball field). Maps and schedules will be posted. Scarecrows from the village’s scarecrow contest will be scattered around town.

All the events at the Dallas Oktoberfest are free to attend. The event is rain or shine. For more information, visit the Dallas Oktoberfest Facebook page or visit www.valkyriebrewery.com/ofest.

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