Oktoberfest kicked off tonight with hundreds descending along the Ship Canal to taste beers, listen to music, mingle at the Singles lounge and watch the Miss Buxom contest, a new addition. Also new to the festival are scattered cabanas available to rent for private groups of up to fifteen, and a cigar lounge.
While there were throngs of twenty-somethings throughout Fremont tonight (and noticeably increased police presence, as well), Saturday will draw a much larger crowd. Tomorrow’s activities will include a BMX stunt team jumping leftover kegs from tonight, comedy shows, and the Texas Chainsaw Pumpkin Carving Contest. There are plenty of activities for children at Oktoberfest, and on Sunday, participants will be welcome to bring their dogs into the beer garden. Sunday will also include the Brew-HA-HA 5k and Street Scramble.
Proceeds from Oktoberfest benefit the Fremont Chamber of Commerce, and through them the Fremont Library, B.F. Day School, and the History House. Tickets can be bought in advance online for $15, or at the door for $20 or $25 for four additional drink tokens.