{mosimage}Oktoberfest at Fort Bragg is a Fayetteville tradition. The 10-day fair brings the community out in droves to celebrate the cooler weather, and of course, the spectacle of the fair.
    The 2008 OKTOBERFEST, held at the Fort Bragg Fairgrounds will be held Oct. 9-19. The fair combines some really great things: rides, food, music and people. It’s a not to be missed good time.
    The OKTOBEFEST has at its center food — lots and lots of food. And, taking a looking at the name of the fair, it’s pretty obvious that a lot of the food will have a German flair. For those of you who crave sausages and kielbasa, you’re sure to leave with a smile on your face.
    Giving yet another nod to its namesake, there is the inevitable Beer Garden. Just remember, you are not in Europe, so you must be 21 to enjoy the adult beverages.
    If you really want to get a natural high, take a spin on one of the many rides that dot the fairgrounds. There are unlimited rides with the price of admission, which makes the fair one of the most economical events  in town.
So we’ve covered, food and rides — now there’s music. The fair is known for its diverse live musical offerings, with this event focusing on a numbef of the talented musicians who call Fayetteville home.
    On Thursday, Oct. 9, the Holtz Hackren Band, a German band, will take to the stage at 7 and 9 p.m. On Friday, Oct. 10, the Soul Shakers, a variety band, will be on stage at 7 and 9 p.m.
    The Fifth, one of the area’s most popular rock bands, will put on three shows on Saturday, Oct. 11 at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. Sunday will pay tribute to country music, with Craig Boyd and Southland hitting the stage at 3, 5 and 7 p.m. Music resumes on Thursday, Oct. 1, with Dan Speller and his Bluespell blues band at 7 and 9 p.m. On Friday, the Time Machine Band is on stage at 3, 5 and 7 p.m. Morris Cardenas will rock the fairgrounds on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. the Holtz Hackren Band will wind up the musical offerings on Sunday, Oct. 19 with three shows — 3, 5 and 7 p.m.
    The fairgrounds are publicly accessbile to the public from Bragg Boulevard via Howell Street. Gates open at 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Columbus Day (Monday, Oct. 13).
    Take advantage of Customer Appreciation Days, Mondays through Thursdays, 5-7 p.m. with admission at $5 for ages 3 and over. Children under 2 are admitted free of charge throughout the fair, and there is no charge for parking.
Admission prices are as follows: Monday to Thursday, $5 for entrance between 5-7 p.m.; $10 general admission; $8 children ages 3-9; $8 military and Department of Defense civilians; $5 for handicapped invidividuals, seniors and non riders.
    Admission Friday to Sunday is $14 general admission; $12 children ages 3-9; $12 military and DoD Civilians; and $5 for handicapped invidividuals, seniors and non riders.
    For more information, call 396-9126 or 396-6126.
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