Community members are invited to experience the return of Oktoberfest in all its beer foam and schwein roast glory this Saturday, Sept. 14, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Superior Street in downtown Three Lakes.

The fest will offer a variety of food, refreshments, entertainment and games for all ages.

Chefs from the Black Forest Pub & Grille will be outside roasting a pig, serving pulled pork sandwiches alongside freshly grilled bratwurst, Bavarian pretzels, sauerkraut and German beer. A variety of vendors also will offer baked goods, crafted wares, live demonstrations and more. 

Kicking off the festival at 11 a.m., representatives from Sprecher Brewery will be on site to tap a firkin, with 100% of the firkin beer sales going to the Three Lakes Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). Sprecher has also provided festival T-shirts for the event, which will be sold at the PTO booth with additional proceeds going directly to the PTO.

The event’s live music, sponsored by the Three Lakes Theatre Company, begins at 11 a.m. with the Jim Pekol Band performing upbeat polka music themed for the German event. WXPR will be on site broadcasting live, giving listeners a taste of available activities.

Back by popular demand, through the sponsorship of BMO Harris bank, the Pommersche Danz Gruppe from Wausau will entertain all ages, performing German folk dances in authentic costumes throughout the day.

New this year is the addition of friendly games and competitions, run by various local organizations. The entry fees ranging from $1 to $10 will directly benefit the organizations hosting the games. 

Some of these games include an assortment of activities put on by the Three Lakes eighth-grade students with funds going to help support their trip to Washington D.C.; a game of “Steady Stein” put on by the Three Lakes Women’s Club; a pretzel toss operated by the Three Lakes High School Student Council; the completion of an obstacle course while holding two full steins put on by the Chain Skimmers Water Ski Team; sidewalk chalk and bubble wands for outdoor use at Edward U. Demmer Memorial Library; a barrel roll competition put on by Three Lakes baseball team; and a hidden pickle game offered at downtown businesses.

At 2 p.m., a sauerkraut eating contest will be held in front of the bandstand. It’s advised to preregister for this competition to ensure a seat at the table. The cost is $10 per entry with an Oktoberfest trophy and $50 Black Forest gift certificate going to the contestant who eats a full plate of sauerkraut the fastest. On-day registration will be held at the PTO booth.

For more information, email tl­­pto­­­­presi­dent@g­mail.com.

The Oneida County Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program will have its DARE vehicle on site and challenge attendees to simulated sobriety drills while educating youth on the dangers of drug and alcohol use and abuse. Families can meet a police K-9 from 2 to 3 p.m. and watch a live drug search demonstration.

Admission to Oktoberfest is free and the fest will be held rain or shine.