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Oktoberfest is Almost Here!

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Alicia

Oktoberfest descends on Deadwood this weekend, Oct. 2-4, and brings with it plenty of entertainment. From the Oktober Polka Fest at the Martin Mason Hotel and a German food cook-off throughout town to bratwurst giveaways and Beer Barrel Games, the weekend holds something for all tastes. The City of Deadwood will relax its open container ordinance from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, and from noon to 10 p.m. during Saturday’s festivities.

Meanwhile in Rapid City, the fifth annual Bierbörse event will be on Saturday, Oct. 3,  at Main Street Square. Admission is free. All ages are welcome, and IDs are required to consume alcohol. The event features a ticketed microbrew tasting, homebrew sampling and announcement of homebrew contest winners. The German word “Bierbörse” translates to beer stock exchange, and Main Street Square is equipped with software to run a stock exchange!

Oktoberfest in Deadwood
2015 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Friday, Oct. 2, 2015
Noon-4pm: PolkaFest at Martin Mason Hotel with Julie Lee & Her White Rose Band and Just Jim & Tammy
4-6:30pm: Registration for the Tour de Oktoberfest at Oyster Bay
5-8pm: PolkaFest at Martin Mason Hotel with Julie Lee & Her White Rose Band and Just Jim & Tammy
6-9pm: Tour de Oktoberfest - Visit locations throughout Deadwood's Main Street for games and beer sampling. Plenty of prizes including bar tabs and free rooms!
9:30pm: Tour de Oktoberfest awards at Oyster Bay!
Open Containers allowed from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.! 

Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015

10am-4pm: Sidewalk Sale on Main Street
11am: Registration for the Wiener Dog Races on Main Street in front of Bullock Hotel
Noon: Brat giveaway and beer sampling at 777 Lounge at the Holiday Inn Express
Noon-4pm: PolkaFest at Martin Mason Hotel with Julie Lee & Her White Rose Band and Just Jim & Tammy
1pm: The 9th Annual Wiener Dog Races kick-off on Main Street in front of The Bullock Hotel
2pm: Registration for Beer Barrel Games in front of the Gold Dust
2-4pm: German Cook-Off at locations TBD
2-6pm: Weim Wine & Cheese in front of the Saloon No. 10 - Wine and cheese tasting, family pet photos
3pm: 10th Annual Beer Barrel Games kick-off on Main Street in front of the Gold Dust
5-8pm: PolkaFest at Martin Mason Hotel with Julie Lee & Her White Rose Band and Just Jim & Tammy
6pm: Beer Barrel Game Awards at Saloon #10
Open Containers allowed from noon to 10 p.m.! 

Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015

Noon-5pm: PolkaFest at Martin Mason Hotel with Julie Lee & Her White Rose Band and Just Jim & Tammy

To register for the Beer Barrel Games, or to sign up your wiener dog for the races, call the Deadwood Chamber at 1-800-999-1876!

Bierbörse in Rapid City
2015 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015

Noon-6pm: Beer Stock Exchange Open
Noon-4pm: Homebrew Demonstration and Sampling
1:30-6pm: Polka and music by The Happy Wanderers
2-6pm: Microbrew Tasting

About the Author

Alicia is a South Dakota native with family roots in Beresford. She attended Augustana University in Sioux Falls—a year of which she spent studying in Norway and traveling throughout Europe. She acquired her degree in Sociology and International Studies. Despite her love of travel, she and her husband have thoroughly enjoyed making Rapid City their home. She satisfies her wanderlust by soaking up the beautiful scenery and historic treasures that the Hills have to offer.

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