Frankenmuth's 28th annual Oktoberfest celebration ready to get underway

FRANKENMUTH (WJRT) (09/13/17)--It's Little Bavaria's 28th annual celebration of German heritage and pride. Frankenmuth's Oktoberfest runs through Sunday in Heritage Park.

"400 barrels of beer, thousands of pounds of bratwurst, and just a great time here in Frankenmuth," said festival president Mark Jansen.

This year's entertainment lineup including inflatables for kids, and wiener dog races.

"We've got the dancers, and some new music coming out of Cleveland that we're really excited about," said Jansen.

Speaking of dancers, Florida's hurricanes almost prevented Michael Pfeffer from reuniting with his Alpine Palooza friends.

"I had to run away from a storm, my flight was canceled. I grabbed the car and drove over here, because you can not stop me from coming to this festival to perform, and there 14 more coming from Austria right now," said Pfeffer.

Frankenmuth takes pride in hosting the only officially sanctioned Oktoberfest, outside of the original one in Munich.

"We have the only true and authentic entertainment. We have authentic beer straight from Munich, our royal brewery. This is the number one," said Pfeffer.

And when it comes to being number one, Frankenmuth needs your votes to earn the title of best Oktobefest in the nation. USA Today's on-line contest runs through September 20th.

"We think we are number one. You've got a lot of competition from California to Philadelphia, Cincinnati to Chicago. There's 20 Oktoberfests vying for number one. We hope Frankenmuth gets there," said Jansen.

Oktoberfest activities kick into high gear Thursday at noon, with the ceremonial tapping of the first keg at 7 o'clock. Click on the related links section for a schedule of events.

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