Break out the lederhosen and dirndl for the annual Oktoberfest celebration in Dallas on Saturday, Oct. 5.
Favorites like a six-person Kubb tournament, wiener dog races, a pancake breakfast and an arts and crafts fair are returning, joined by a new event: Hammerschlagen—a game where the object is to sink a nail into a stump with one blow of the hammer.
The day starts with the pancake breakfast from 7–11 a.m., hosted by the Dallas-Sioux Creek Fire Department. It is held at the fire hall. Prices are $7 for adults, $4 for ages 6–11 and kids 5 and younger eat for free. Proceeds are for firefighting equipment upgrades.
The arts and craft fair, along with a farmers market, featuring local produce, hand-crafted goods and items made by local artisans, runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the village park. Vendors spaces are $15 and can be reserved by contacting Nicole at 715-418-0875.
The Kubb tournament starts at 9 a.m. in the park. This lawn game from Sweden that is like a combination of bowling and horseshoes. For more information, contact Eric Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 10th annual 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. Best of show and people’s choice trophies will be presented at 3 p.m. Contact Ryan at 715-837-1416 for more information.
Eleven different kinds of beer will be served by Valkyrie Brewing Company. The taproom opens at 10.m., with taps opening at 10:30 a.m. in the park. A beer booth next to the brewery will open at 11 a.m.
A filled commemorative 2019 Dallas Oktoberfest beer mug is $7 and will be available while supplies last. Refills are $2.
At 10:30 a.m., Clicker’s Bar & Restaurant’s booth in the park will begin selling beer brats and other German foods in the park pavilion. The brats are made by Louie’s Finer Meats with Valkyrie’s smoked Oktoberfest beer, Whispering Embers.
Also at 10:30 a.m., the 1860s vintage base ball game begins at the ball field. The Menomonie Blue Caps will play the Sand Creek 9, wearing authentic uniforms and playing by 1860 rules, which means no gloves.
Live music will be in the park pavilion and also at the tent next to the brewery. R-Fritz and the Dog Walkers play at 10:30 a.m. in the park pavilion. Weez and Mullen play in the brewery tent at 11 a.m.
Polka music and dancing, with Brian Brueggen and the Mississippi Valley Dutchmen, will be at the park pavilion from 12–4 p.m.
At the brewery tent, Jesse Huff plays at 12:30 p.m., followed by Rock Creek Song Dogs, from 2–5 p.m.
A dog costume contest will be held at 12:30 p.m. next to the brewery on the east side. Dress your dog in a costume and register for the contest at 12 p.m. The winner will receive a basket of dog treats, a trophy and $25.
The fourth annual Dallas Oktoberfest Wiener Dog Race will be at 2 p.m., next to the brewery. Register your dog at 1:30 p.m. The fastest dashing dachshund will win $50, a trophy and a hot dog costume.
Dogs should always be on a six-foot leash unless racing. Each owner is responsible for their dog’s actions and messes. Dogs should be current with their vaccinations and healthy.
Fest-goers can play Hammerschlagen from 1–3 p.m., next to the brewery. There is a male and a female category. The winner of each round gets a beer ticket and entry into championship round. The two grand champions win a trophy. Registration is at 12:30 p.m.
From 1–5 p.m., a remote-controlled model airplane fly-in will be at the ball field, organized by the Rice Lake Model Airplane Club.
The Dallas-Sioux Creek Joint Fire Department Fall Raffle will draw prizes at the park pavilion at 3 p.m. Raffle tickets are $5 each or five for $20. Only 1,800 are printed. Need not be present to win.
Other activities include the McIntyre Memorial Library’s Book Sale and a raffle drawing at 2 p.m., the Dallas Lutheran Church Thrift Sale, wood fired pizza by Ponytail Pizza, fresh lefse at the park, shopping at Studio 201 Pottery and Glass Works and Old Farmers Mercantile Antiques, an occasional cannon blast at the ball field and much more. Maps and schedules will be posted.
All the events at the Dallas Oktoberfest are free to attend. It is the most wonderful time for a beer and is held rain or shine. For more information, visit the Dallas Oktoberfest Facebook page or go to www.valkyriebrewery.com/ofest.
Dallas is located between Ridgeland and Chetek on CTH A. From Chetek, take CTH I west, continuing straight on CTH A into town. From Menomonie, take Hwy. 25 north, past Ridgeland 2 miles, turning east on CTH A into town.