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I hope you had a great weekend! Ohio had another delightful weekend, with beautiful weather. To make the most of the warm, fall weather, I spent most of my weekend outdoors. On Friday, I attended the Columbus Oktoberfest. While the original Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany has been on my travel bucket list for years, the Columbus Oktoberfest satisfied my need for German food and beer for the weekend!

The four-mile run, the Meiler Vier, presented by M3S Sports is the kick start to Oktoberfest. This fun event encourages participants to wear Lederhosen and Drindl (traditional German clothes) while running or walking on a four-mile tour of the Ohio Expo Center. Afterwards, each race participant receives a complimentary beer (21 and over), sausage and cream puff from Schmidt’s Restaurant und Sausage Haus.

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The Columbus Oktoberfest is held at the Ohio Expo Center at the Ohio State Fairgrounds. Celebrating its 49th year, this annual event is held in the three 100 year old historic covered pavilions at the fairgrounds. With two Bier (beer) halls (Heidelberg and Schmidt’s Prost), beer lovers could grab a beer stein and enjoy a cold German beer. Several food vendors, including Columbus’ own Schmidt’s Restaurant und Sausage Haus, provided delicious German food such as bratwursts, weinerschnitzle, Bavarian pretzels, cream puffs, and much more! With entertainment on three stages, visitors enjoyed live music while eating and drinking all things German.

Visitors could stroll through the Giant Eagle Marketplatz, which housed local small businesses and craft vendors with handmade products. Demonstrations such as Beers of the World, Riesling and more Riesling, Cheese goes with Beer, and many more enticed visitors to taste test several beers, wines, and cheeses. German games such as a Cream Puff Eating contest, Beer Stein Hoist, a Stone Toss, and a Yodeling Contest encouraged visitors to have fun at Oktoberfest.

While many Oktoberfest’s celebrated throughout the country are catered to beer-drinking adults, the Columbus Oktoberfest has been voted as one of the top three family friendly Oktoberfest’s in the country! It has a children’s playground, called the Kinderplatz, which provided arts and crafts and entertainment for the kids. With German food, beer, games, and entertainment, the Columbus Oktoberfest has something for everyone! Unfortunately, it is only once a year, so mark your calendars for next year!

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Thanks for reading!

Heather

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