September 24, 2013 > Raise a stein to Oktoberfest
Raise a stein to Oktoberfest
ÒA toast, a toast to cheer and good times, a toast, a toast to cheer and good times. ONE TWO THREE! DRINK UP!Ó The strains of ÒEin PrositÓ will be ringing strong and true as Oktoberfest revelers celebrate the tastes and sounds of German culture around the world. The 180th Munich Oktoberest runs for 16 days with the party getting started on September 21, but Tri-City locals can have a taste of the festivities at NewarkÕs Swiss Park on Saturday, September 28.
Swiss Park was one of the first in the area to offer an Oktoberfest celebration and has been hosting an event for more than 20 years. This yearÕs event is the first presented in conjunction with the Newark Chamber of Commerce and City of Newark. ÒThe aim is to bring another fun event to the community,Ó says Chamber Consultant Linda Ashley.
Outdoor activities will run from noon to 5 p.m. and include a German Makes Car Exhibition starting at 1 p.m., Kids Zone featuring the popular ÒWalk on WaterÓ that was enjoyed at SummerFest, local vendor booths, silent raffle, and of course, great beer, food, music, and dancing. Bill BlyÕs Continental Sound will play from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and band member Rene will play his alphorn around 3 p.m.
Swiss Park is providing the beer and food and attendees can get a special bratwurst meal for $10. For kids unsure of the German fare, hotdog meals are available for $5.
Event sponsors are Newark Recycles and Washington Hospital Healthcare System; music sponsor is Washington Township Medical Foundation; gold sponsors are Allen Graphic Design, Tri-City Voice, The Sign Zone, Minuteman Press, and Republic Services.
General admission is $5; children under 12 are free. Get a best value combo ticket for $15 which includes admission, commemorative mug, and a beer. Purchase in advance for $13 at the Chamber or Swiss Park.
The festivities move indoors from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. with the Swiss Edelweiss band providing the music for the evening. Dinner is served from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a choice of bratwurst, sauerbraten or kassler. Reservations are advisable for dinner so that enough food will be available. Dancing starts at 7 p.m. The cost for dinner and dancing is $22, or you can just dance the night away for $10.
For more information and to order tickets, go to www.newark-chamber.com or call (510)744-1000, stop by Swiss Park or call them at (510) 793-6272.
Saturday, Sept 28
Noon - 5 p.m. Outdoor event
5 p.m. - 11 p.m. Indoor event
5911 Mowry Ave., Newark
Outdoor Admission: $5, children under 12 are free
Indoor Admission: $22 dinner and dancing, $10 dancing only