Oktoberfest Zinzinnati 2016

Arts and Entertainment

August 16, 2016

From: Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

Friday September 16,2016:
12pm: Running of the Wieners

100 dachshunds will race to be crowned the winning wiener at the Running of the Wieners, Friday, September 16, 2016, on Race Street between Second Street and Freedom Way in downtown Zinzinnati.

Each dachshund, outfitted in their provided hot dog bun costume, will run approximately 75 feet in heats of ten to their owners at the opposite end. The winner of each heat will compete in a final race to determine the winning wiener dog! Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners!

Race Details
Takes place the Friday of Oktoberfest weekend on Race Street between Second Street and Freedom Way in downtown Zinzinnati.
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Check-in: 10-11 a.m.
Heat 1 start: 11:30 a.m.
Free to spectators
Cost: $25 (includes all race competition gear including hot dog bun costume and owner t-shirt. A portion of the proceeds will also be donated to a dachshund rescue charity). 

1pm: Gemuetlichkeit Games

The Gemuetlichkeit (goodwill) Games take place on Friday of Oktoberfest Zinzinnati at 1 pm on Fountain Square to kick off the celebration. Contest includes beer barrel rolling races and beer stein races!

The Games are often accompanied by German music and dance groups. Come on down and enjoy the fun!

Beer Stein Race

A favorite attraction of the Games and deeply rooted in German tradition: Contestants (Mädchens) race a short distance across Fountain Square with two fists full of filled beer steins. The winner is determined not only by the best time, but by the amount of beer left in the steins at the finish line. A second is added onto the contestant’s time for each ounce of beer spilled. Sound easy? The filled steins weigh close to 35 lbs.!

Beer Barrel Roll

Participants roll an empty wooden barrel around a course on Fountain Square. The contestant with the fastest time wins. Points are deducted for losing control of barrel and mowing down spectators.

Saturday, September 17, 2016:
11:30am: Opening Ceremony

The ceremonies begin with a colorful parade of German-American representatives wearing traditional vestments, walking down 5th Street to each fest tent. Keg tapping at each fest tent will mark the opening of that tent. A flag and seal will be hung at each tent. This ceremony has its roots in the original authentic Oktoberfest in Munich.

Location: Fountain Square, Downtown Zinzinnati

Chicken Dance:
One of the favorite events at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is the World's Largest Chicken dance. Join thousands of dancers for a few choruses of the Chicken Dance.

The Chicken Dance has become an annual tradition at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati. In 1994, the Crown Prince of Bavaria attended Oktoberfest Zinzinnati and helped the event set a world record for the World's Largest Chicken Dance, with 48,000 participating. This achievement was documented in the Guinness Book of Records, 1995-97 editions.

History of the Chicken Dance
Widely known as the Chicken Dance, this dance song was composed by Werner Thomas in the 1970s in Davos, Switzerland, and was originally entitled Der Ententanz, which means The Duck Dance, but became known as the Vogeltanz, Chicken Dance, and also as Dance Little Bird. There were many versions of this that became hit songs, but the song and dance have had the greatest longevity in the U.S., where it has become a popular German heritage song.

Oktoberfest Grand Marshal
Each year, Oktoberfest Zinzinnati appoints a Grand Marshal who is tasked with the leading the world's largest Chicken Dance. In 2015, Cincinnati Bengals' legendary quarterback,, Ken Anderson, led the dance.

Christian Moerlein Glockenspiel
Every hour on the hour Sept. 16-18
An actual working clock with a bar on the ground level and a stage above the bar. Every hour on the hour when the clock strikes, the music kicks in and entertainers emerge on the stage to ring in the hour with dances, toasts and souvenirs for the crowd. Expect celebrity guest entertainers during certain hours, too!

Date: Sep 16-18, 2016

Festival Hours:
Friday, September 16, 2016 | 5 p.m.-Midnight
Saturday, September 17, 2016 | 11 a.m.-Midnight
Sunday, September 18, 2016 | 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Location: Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is moving to Second and Third Streets, between Walnut and Elm Streets, downtown.

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