Uber fun at PA Oktoberfest this weekend!

From famous yodelers and polka bands, to the finest German brews and delicacies, and yes, even Wiener dog races, PA Oktoberfest will bring more than a little bit of Germany to Mohegan Sun Arena at Pocono Downs this weekend.

The fun starts at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16 and continues Saturday and Sunday. Designed in keeping with the popular Oktoberfest celebration held annually in Munich, Germany, thousands are expected to celebrate the first annual PA Oktoberfest under 50,000 square feet of tents at the race track. The event is being held this month, and not in October as its name might lead you to believe, because this weekend is the kick-off of Oktoberfest in Germany.

We had a chance to catch up with Patricia Terentz, who has helped organize this event with Gisela Lewis. The two have been creating Oktoberfest celebrations for nearly 20 years, most recently organizing an Oktoberfest at the Taj Mahal. We also corresponded with Romy, a German singer. Both were enthusiastic about participating in this event, and offered insight into what we can expect this weekend.

Featuring continuous entertainment all weekend long, PA Oktoberfest offers a diverse line-up of local as well as international performers. (Check out the complete schedule below.) Romy will be among those making this event so unique. Although she is only 21 years old, she is no stranger to the stage. She’s been performing since she was six years old, feeling most comfortable when a microphone was in her hand. "I think it’s my passion to entertain people and take them away from the problems they may have in real life just for a few hours," she said. "I’ll sing the greatest Wiesn-Hits from Oktoberfest in Munich," Romy said. "And I’ll also perform my own songs." Of course, she’ll be dressed in authentic costume, either the typical "Dirndl" or what she refers to as her "Crazy Pink Lederhosn" when she takes the stage at Mohegan Sun.

Additional highlights of the event will be performances by HSV Bavaria, a Schuhplattler group from Connecticut. "Schuhplattling is folk dancing from the Southern part of Germany, in Bavaria," Terentz said. "There’s a lot of (knee) slapping and clapping, and they’re a very good group. It’s fun to watch."

We’ll also have a chance to enjoy shows by Petra Boeck, an Austrian performer who is legendary for yodeling, and take in concerts by a host of bands playing German folk music, such as the Peter Beck Band, a German-Canadian group, and the Adlers, a German-American group based in Pennsylvania. And if polka holds a special place in your heart, you won’t want to miss local favorites Stanky & the Cadets and John Stanky & the Coalminers.

Guests will have the chance to sample more than 30 brews, including Yuengling Oktoberfest, Lord Chesterfield Ale, Franziskaner Dunkel, Hofbrau Hefe Weizen and Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat, just to name a few. (Be sure want to check out the complete list of brews at www.paoktoberfest.com).

And you’ll be able to pair all that fine beer with a host of delicious Oktoberfest fare, including brats, roast beef sandwiches and German pretzels, barbecued pulled pork and kielbasa on a stick, just to name a few. There will also be local favorites, such as pizza, pierogies, fries and the ever-popular deep-fried Oreos (it just wouldn’t be a festival without them!).

Of course, no Oktoberfest celebration would be complete without a little friendly, four-legged, furry competition. More than 60 Dachshunds are registered to race in competitions on Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. All races will be held in front of the video board, and Oktoberfest guests are invited to watch the excitement and root for your favorite dog. By all accounts, these little guys and gals, and their owners, are in it to win it. Check out PA Oktoberfest’s page on Facebook to see friendly banter between the wiener dog owners prepping their pups for race day. PA Oktoberfest offers a great line-up of entertainers all weekend:

Friday:

5-6 p.m. – Philadelphia German Brass Band

Keg tapping ceremonies

6-6:45 p.m. – Stanky & the Cadets

6:45-7 p.m. – HSV Bavaria

7-7:45 p.m. – Petra Boeck

7:45-8 p.m. – HSV Bavaria

8-9 p.m. – Joe Weber Band

9-9:45 p.m. – Romy

9:45-11 p.m. – The Adlers

 

Saturday:

11-11:45 p.m. – Philadelphia

German Brass Band

11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Petra Boeck

12:30 -1:15 p.m. – Peter Beck Band

1:15-2 p.m. – Romy

2-2:45 p.m. – Philadelphia

German Brass Band

2:45-3:15 p.m. – Petra Boeck

3:15-3:45 p.m. – Peter Beck Band

3:45-4 p.m. – HSV Bavaria

4-5 p.m. – John Stanky & the Coalminers

5-5:45 p.m. – Romy

5:45-6:45 p.m. – Philadelphia

German Brass Band

6:45-7 p.m. – HSV Bavaria

7-8 p.m. – John Stanky & the Coalminers

8-8:45 p.m. – Petra Boeck

8:45-9:45 p.m. – Philadelphia

German Brass Band

9:45-10 p.m. – HSV Bavaria

10-11 p.m. – Peter Beck Band

 

Sunday:

11 a.m.-12 p.m. – Peter Beck Band

12-12:15 – HSV Bavaria

12:15-1 p.m. – Petra Boeck

1-2 p.m. – Peter Beck Band

2-2:15 p.m. – HSV Bavaria

2:15-3 p.m. – Romy

3-4 p.m. – The Adlers

4-4:15 p.m. – HSV Bavaria

4:15-5 p.m.- The Adlers

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