10-19-11-oktoberfest.jpgIt has been two years since Fort Bragg hosted its last Oktoberfest, but it’s back now, and from Oct. 27-Nov. 6, at the Fort Bragg Fairgrounds, local residents choose to attend are in for a great time.The festival has all the things required for a fun day with friends and family.

What started in 1810 as a wedding celebration in the fields just out-side the city gates of Munich, Germany, has grown into a celebration that people look forward to all over the world each year. Sure, when Crowne Prince Ludwig (later to become King Ludwig I) wed Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen, he had no idea this festive occas-sion would be the root of a long-lasting and much cherished tradtion, much less the largest festival in the world, according to the city of Munich’s website.

The fact that it gives the rest of the world a reason to hold a festi-val, enjoy the autumn weather and some entertainment is a boone for festival lovers all around. With the cooler weather, heading out for a day of fun is an easy choice, and the fact that there is not far to travel to get there is a bonus.

The Fort Bragg version of Oktoberfest is full of great entertainment and activities that the entire family is sure to enjoy.

Entertainment varies daily and includes a Bavarian Brass Band, a traditional German oom-pa band, Newton and the Signature Series Band, an R&B band, rock band Black Market Special, country performers Currie Clayton and Contraband and Ryan Daniels. Delta Saints, a blues/rock band and The Fifth, a rock band, round out the stage sched-ule. There are multiple performances scheduled each day.

Of course, there will be carnival rides galore, and food vendors offering everything from popcorn and cotton candy to funnel cakes and hot dogs. Unlimited free rides are included with the price of admission.

Every Monday through Thursday is Customer Appreciation Day. From 5-7 p.m., it costs just $5 to get in for those aged 3 and older.

Gates open at 5 p.m. on weekdays and 1 p.m. on weekends. Monday through Thursday after 7 p.m. general admission is $12; children 3-9 $10; military and Department of Defense civilians $10; Handicapped non-rider $7; senior citizen non-rider age 50 or older $7. Friday through Sunday general admission is $17; children 3-9 are $15; military ID cardholders and Department of Defense Civilians are $15; Handicapped non-riders are $7; and senior citizen non-riders ages 50 and older are $7 to get in. Children under 36” tall and under age 3 are admitted free every day.

Parking is free and the public is invited to come and join the fun. Find out more at www.fortbraggmwr.com.

Photo: The Fort Bragg version of Oktoberfest is full of great entertainment and activities that the entire family is sure to enjoy.

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