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BEER RELAY RACES
The rules are simple. Thirty-four teams of four people each will run a relay race with trays of beer. They will have to overcome several obstacles by spilling as little beer as possible. The knocking down of an entire cup (or platter) is automatic disqualification, while the knockdown will count against you. The best beer plateau relay runners possess a combination of speed, balance, coordination, and a sense of humor. The race will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday on 4th Street. Registration is already complete for this year’s Beer Tray Relay.
The Jug Hoist immediately follows the beer plateau relay race at 4 p.m. Saturday. Twenty-four people, including the 2018 male and female champions if they wish to participate, will hold a pitcher of beer at arm’s length with index and middle fingers (no thumbs), knees locked, the other arm at flat on their side and upright (do not lean back). The judges will watch and decide who is playing by the rules and who is not.
Various civic organizations will be setting up food vendor stalls at Minster Oktoberfest. The menu includes traditional German and American comfort food. You will find sausage and sauerkraut sandwiches, sauerkraut dumplings, pulled pork, Bahamian burgers, German potato salad, hot dogs, Reubens, grilled cheese sandwiches, kids , dishes, cheeseburgers, Philly cheesesteak, soft pretzels, cream puffs, apple strudel, funnel cakes, kettle corn, popcorn, cotton candy and much more.
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Minster Oktoberfest’s music lineup includes German music, polka and dance. The lineup includes The Klaberheads, Autobahn Band, Buff Francis, Karma’s Pawn, Schnaps Band, Schnickelfritz and Zach and Steve Rosenbeck.
CLASSIC OKTOBERFEST 10K
The Minster Oktoberfest 10k race takes place Sunday morning at Minster High School. The course is flat and will feature music throughout the course. There will be rewards and cash prizes up to $ 300. There is also a fun one mile run. Race day registration is only $ 5.
The Minster Oktoberfest auto show features makes and models of all types and eras. You’ll see pre-war antiques, muscle cars from the 60’s and 70’s and the cars of tomorrow. Registration for the auto show begins Saturday morning at 9 a.m. Judging is at 11 am and the prizes will be awarded at 12:30 pm Registration is $ 10 per car. There will also be a DJ and raffle prizes for the participants. The auto show takes place at Community Lanes.
The theme of the Minster Oktoberfest Parade 2021 is aptly named “Together Again”. The parade begins at 2 p.m. Sunday and takes place throughout downtown Minster.
Minster Oktoberfest will also feature a Miss Oktoberfest (16-21 year old) and Little Miss Oktoberfest (5-6 year old) contest, arts and crafts show, and coloring contest. You will find the full program of events by visiting Minster Oktoberfest website.
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Minster is a small village about an hour north of Dayton. Each year, their Oktoberfest weekend draws crowds roughly three times the size of its population of nearly 3,000. DAVID MOODIE / Contributor
Credit: DAVID MOODIE
Credit: DAVID MOODIE
HOW TO GET THERE
What: Minster oktoberfest
Or: Minster, Ohio: One block west of the intersection of Ohio 119 and Ohio 66
When: From October 1 to 3. Festival hours are 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, 9:30 a.m. to midnight Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday
Cost: To free
More information: www.minsteroktoberfest.com