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Willkommen: Oktoberfest begins in Belleville

Belleville Oktoberfest

Belleville’s 35th Annual Oktoberfest officially opened Friday evening downtown. A half-keg of German beer imported from Munich was ceremonially tapped and anyone who had a cup ready was served. Oktoberfest continues Friday night with food vendors
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Belleville’s 35th Annual Oktoberfest officially opened Friday evening downtown. A half-keg of German beer imported from Munich was ceremonially tapped and anyone who had a cup ready was served. Oktoberfest continues Friday night with food vendors

After two different national anthems, a small procession and a ceremonial keg tapping, Belleville’s 35th Annual Oktoberfest officially opened Friday evening downtown.

After German-born Doris Roach sang The Star Spangled Banner on the main stage at Public Square, a color guard led Doris Roach and a handful of other revelers clad in lederhosen to a German-themed tent on East Main Street between North High and North Jackson streets, where Roach then sang Germany’s national anthem.

Following the singing of the traditional German song “Ein Prosit,” a half-keg of German beer imported from Munich was ceremonially tapped and anyone who had a cup ready was served for free.

Oktoberfest continues Friday night with food vendors and live music. Saturday’s schedule is below:

Saturday’s Schedule

8 a.m-noon Car show registration ($10 entry fee)

10:30 a.m. Vintage baseball game featuring the Belleville Stags at Hough Park

11 a.m. Food booths open

11 a.m. Cornhole tournament (registration starts at 10 or register at website)

11 a.m.-noon Ainad Brass Band (S)

11 a.m.-1 p.m. U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America (M)

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free children’s area with face painting, clowns, crafts and adoptable animals from the Belleville Area Humane Society

12:30-2:30 p.m. Performances by High School German Students (S)

2 p.m. Wiener Dog Derby racing starts (registration 11 a.m.-1 p.m.)

2-4 p.m. Social Remedy (M)

2-5 p.m. Dynamic Combo (S)

5-7 p.m. Blackwater Revival (M)

5:30-8 p.m. Belleville Community Band (S)

8-11 p.m. Metal Studz (M)

8:30-11 p.m. Uber Cool (S)

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