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OKTOBERFEST '17: German festival offers up the best in German food, music and BEER!

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CHOCTAW, Okla.- Old Germany Restaurant, the City of Choctaw and the Choctaw Chamber will celebrate “Gemuethlichkeit” from Sept. 1st- 9th during the 27th annual Old Germany Restaurant’s Oktoberfest, featuring nine days of German food, beer, wine, music and dancing.  

With more than 50,000 people expected to attend under 30,000 square foot of tents and pavilions, the Choctaw Oktoberfest will be held at Choctaw Creek Park on Harper Rd. between NE 23rd Street and NE 10th Street.  

While Choctaw celebrates the spirit of Germany, German food and beer with the annual Choctaw Oktoberfest,  founder Mike Turek of Old Germany Restaurant says this year will offer more of… well, everything. 

"Expect to be immersed in the German culture to the Nth degree with German food, German music and German dancing," said Turek.  

Sponsored by the City of Choctaw, the Choctaw Chamber, Old Germany Restaurant and many area businesses, the annual Oktoberfest celebration has become a favorite destination for visitors from the multi-state area seeking homemade German food, genuine German beers and wine and of course German music.  

The Turek family promises more than 30 original German Draught Beers and International wines to complement the menu of Schweinshaxen (ham hocks), Grilled Chicken, Rippchen (smoked pork chops) and a variety of bratwurst and Schnitzel sandwiches, Red Cabbage, Sauerkraut, German Potato Salad and Apple Strudel - all prepared in the Old Germany Festival Kitchen. 

In addition, 48 different German craft beers will be offered to beer lovers everywhere. 

In addition to a Kinder’s Garten (children’s area), the festival also has a full line-up of entertainment, including Musik by the Alpen Musikanten,  Das ist Lustig and the Walburg Boys, Auf Geht's and Alex Meixner. 

On stage two, The Geoff Scott Band, local talent and karaoke will be featured. 

Returning this year is the appearance of The Society for Creative Anachronism, a medieval living history group, that will put on live sword tournament fighting from 4 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 9, complete with traditional medieval and German costumes, arts and crafts, full combat fighting and more. 

The festival runs from 5 p.m.  to midnight on Friday, Sept. 1st; from noon to midnight on Saturday,  Sunday and Monday, Sept. 2nd-4th; from 5 p.m. to midnight Sept. 6th-8th and from noon to midnight on Saturday, Sept. 9th.  A BMW, Mercedes, Porsche and VW Clubs Car Show will be held at 2 p.m. on Sept. 2nd as well. 

"You can enjoy a German music concert all day long and enjoy the German musicians we bring in from all over the country," Turek said. "At the end of the day, it is a food festival. And you can enjoy German beer all day." 

Admission is $5 with children under age 12 admitted free. For more information, visit Old Germany Website at www.oldgermany.com, or contact any of the following: The City of Choctaw 405-390-8198, The Choctaw Chamber 405-390-3303 or Old Germany Restaurant, 405-390-8647 

“We are expecting 40,000 to 50,000 people from all over,” Turek said. “People come a long way for good German food. Where else can you get a ham hock right off the smoker – the food is a big deal. The bands are also fun. It’s as close to Germany as you can get!” 

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