Frederick's Oktoberfest takes all the essentials -- beer, food, games and music -- and wraps them up in one big family-friendly package. The beer garden serves up suds from Frederick's three brewers (Flying Dog, Brewer's Alley and Barley & Hops) and a couple of favorites from Munich. Entertainment includes German bands and dancers all day Saturday and Sunday, plus a yodeling contest, polka and chicken dance contests, a strongman and strongwoman competition, and a log-sawing competition. (Sports fans who want to catch their favorite team's games can sneak away to the football tent, which will have all the college and NFL games on projection screens.) Bring the kids for pumpkin decorating, scarecrow making, live music, clowns and arts and crafts.
Admission is $5 each day (free for age 2 and younger), or free if you wear authentic lederhosen or a dirndl. (Organizers stress that wearing a T-shirt with lederhosen on it or a green felt hat won't be good enough.)
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