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Oktoberfest to bring a taste of Germany to Sewickley

Bobby Cherry
| Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, 7:01 p.m.
A dachshund races to the finish line during the 'Das Dachshund Dash' event in the Division Street parking lot in Sewickley as part of Oktoberfest Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012.
Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald
Sewickley Herald
A dachshund races to the finish line during the 'Das Dachshund Dash' event in the Division Street parking lot in Sewickley as part of Oktoberfest Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012. Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald

It might not be Munich, but organizers of the second Sewickley Oktoberfest say they hope to capture the spirit of the traditional German festival.

“If you can't get to Munich, this is one of the next best things you can do,” Village Green Partners spokeswoman Alex DeLoia said.

The nonprofit group — which organizes events throughout the year in an effort to promote the business district — uses the Oktoberfest as a fundraiser, DeLoia said.

The two-day event kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday in the Division Street parking lot with music and is followed at 6:45 p.m. with the tapping of a beer keg, DeLoia said.

“Everybody's attendance helps us raise awareness and money for Village Green and for the community,” she said. “Events like Sewickley Oktoberfest create awareness of the town.”

DeLoia said the group hopes children's activities planned for Saturday between 1 and 4 p.m. will bring families to the event.

Children's crafts and attractions will be provided by Penguin Bookshop, Sweetwater Center for the Arts and the Sewickley Public Library, DeLoia said.

The Dachshund Dash — a weiner dog race — is planned for 3 p.m. Saturday. Festivalgoers can enter their pets for $5.

At 5 p.m. Saturday, adult-oriented events are planned for those 18 and older.

Costume and yodeling contests are on the roster, DeLoia said.

Cleveland-based Great Lakes Brewing Co. will provide Oktoberfest beer, along with Spaten Lager, which is available in keepsake beer steins while supplies last, DeLoia said.

German food available includes traditional sandwiches with sauerkraut, such as bratwurst, kielbasa and pulled pork; potato pancakes with sour cream and applesauce; hot German potato salad; and homemade pretzel knots.

Full dinner platters will be available. Dessert includes German black forest cake.

With activities for all ages, DeLoia said she hopes the event is a success.

“Everybody will benefit from Oktoberfest — with Kids Oktoberfest during the day that will bring people out, and then at night — it showcases what Sewickley is all about,” she said.

Bobby Cherry is an associate editor forTrib Total Media. Reach him at 412-324-1408 or

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