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Oktoberfesting

A rousing roundup

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Although the original Oktoberfest was held to celebrate the 1810 marriage of a couple of German royals—Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig and his blushing bride, the Saxon-Hildburghausen Fraulein known as Princess Therese—it has since spread its partying proclivities far and wide. Following are a few ways to join the festivities; no long-distance travel to the gates of Munich will be required.

In this rousing roundup, the 35th annual Deming Oktoberfest taking place from 12pm-1am Fri.-Sat., Oct. 13-14 at the Deming Log Show Grounds is likely to be the closest celebrants will come to the original bridal blowout. Patterned after the “true” festivals that are held in Germany, the fun kicks off at 12pm Friday with the opening of the beer garden and dance hall—both of which will remain open until late into the weekend hours.

In addition to the consumption of plenty of Bavarian food, beer, wine and cider, attendees at the 21-and-over event will also be entertained by the eight members of the Polkatones—who are expected to play everything from “Oom-Pa-Pa” to the “Chicken Dance”—Sylvia’s German Variety Band, and the Tirolean Dancers, a longtime folk group known for wearing traditional costumes (lederhosen, dirndls, etc.). An alphorn-blowing contest, camping and dancing until midnight will be part of the fun. Entry fees are $12-$13 and include a souvenir beer stein. More info: (360) 592-3051 or http://www.demingloggingshow.com

In Barkley Village, the inaugural “Socktoberfest” at Overflow Taps on Newmarket Street from 1-4pm Sat., Oct. 14 will also include the bestowing of a beer stein to those participating in the Socktoberfest Games Tournament.  This means if you sign up for Beerpong, Cornhole, or a Stein Hoisting Contest, you’ll also go home with a memory of the madness (while supplies last). While you’re sipping Northwest and German-style beers from local and regional brewers, take a gander at those decked out for an Oktoberfest-themed costume contest, listen to live music and find out more about the philanthropic endeavors of Overflow’s owners. To gain entry, bring a new pair of socks to be donated to the homeless in our community, and help spread the love. More info: http://www.facebook.com/overflowtaps

A week later, the second annual Bellingham Hoptoberfest taking place from 6-10pm Sat., Oct. 21 inside the Bellingham Sportsplex on Civic Field Way will veer slightly away from the Germanic theme to focus instead on the wide array of hops-focused liquid libations to be found in our corner of the world.

At the thirst-quenching event, approximately 30 local and regional breweries—from Aslan to Boundary Bay to Kulshan, Melvin, Ninkasi, Elysian, Iron Horse Brewery, Samuel Adams, Alpine Beer Company, and far beyond—will provide more than 70 draft beers for guests to sample. While they won’t all be Bavarian in nature, expect seasonal selections and something for everyone. Live music from Sunset Superman, local food trucks, yard games, silent auction items and more will round out the evening’s entertainment. Entry is $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and $30 for VIP guests. Like the aforementioned events, expect a commemorative beer stein. Tis the season, after all. More info: http://www.bellinghamhoptoberfest.com

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