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Oktoberfest Returns to Mainstrasse Village this Weekend

Oktoberfest returns to Covington's Mainstrasse Village for its 35th year this weekend.
 
The festival was amed as one of the Southeast Tourism Society's "Top 20 Festivals for September 2013" and one of the Kentucky Travel Industry Association's "Top 10 2013 Fall Festivals".
 
125,000 people are expected to visit the festival that stretches six city blocks and features food, beer, music, art, vendors, rides, and more.
 
Thirty-five years of Oktoberfest will be celebrated with a special keg-tapping ceremony on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Goebel Park.
 
Admission is free. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, you can purchase an "All You Can Ride" bracelets for just $15.  Bracelets may be purchased from opening until 9 pm on Friday and will be valid until 10 pm Friday only. Saturday and Sunday bracelets may be purchased from opening until 5 pm and will be valid until 6 pm the day of purchase only.
 
In addition to the great German Music on the Festival Stage in the Goebel Park Biergarten, quality live entertainment by top local performers will spread the festival mood throughout Oktoberfest.  Great Pop, Classic Rock, Blues and Country will be featured at the Kentucky Lottery Stage, and the Main Street Bier Garten Stage.
 
Also, don't miss the Street Chalk Drawing Contest on Saturday,  $1,000 in cash prizes for Adult and Children's categories.  Chalk Are registration form available at www.mainstrasse.org or 859-491-0458.

Event hours: Friday, September 6, 5 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.; Saturday, September 7, noon - 11:30 p.m.; Sunday, September 8, noon - 9 p.m.

Directions: MainStrasse Village is conveniently located just across the river from Cincinnati, Ohio in Covington, Kentucky.  From I-75/71, take the Covington Fifth Street Exit (Exit 192) and follow the signs to the Village. Free Parking is available in the IRS Parking Lot at 4th & Johnson Streets.

Music Schedule:

Friday

Festival Stage in Goebel Park

5 - 7:30 p.m. Polka Dots in the Gazebo

7 - 11 The Klaberheads

Main Street Stage

7 - 8 Matt Coward

8:30 - 11 The Hillbilly Casino

Kentucky Lottery Stage at the Railroad Trestle

5 - 7:30 Floyd & the Walkmen

8:30 - 11 The Zionites

Goose Girl Fountain

6 - 9 Zinzinnati Bier Band

Saturday

Festival Stage at Goebel Park

12 - 4 Alpen Echoes

4:30 - 6:30 Festmeisters

7 - 11 Autobahn Musik

Main Street Stage

1 - 2:30 The Sunburners

3:30 - 6:30 Blue Caboose

7:30 - 11 Lunchbox

Kentucky Lottery Stage at the Railroad Trestle

12 - 3 Jeremy Pinnell & the 55s

4 - 7 The Leroy Ellington Band

8 - 11 Greedy Pritchard

Sunday

Festival Stage in Goebel Park

1 - 4:30 Squeeze Play

5 - 9 Vereins-Musikanten

Main Street Stage

1 - 2:15 G. Litt & Mr. Fabulous

3:15 - 5:30 Alias

6:30 - 9 Zack Attack

Kentucky Lottery Stage at the Railroad Trestle

12 - 2 The Rattlesnakin' Daddies

3 - 5 Ricky Nye & the Red Hots

6 - 9 The Sly Band