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Shirley McMarlin

Oktoberfest returns to Idlewild & SoakZone Sept. 21-22 with a full slate of authentic German food, bands, singers and dancers.

All ethnic food service and entertainment will take place in Pavilion D-2 at the Ligonier Township park.

On Sept. 21, The Barons will perform noon-4 p.m.

Now in their 33rd season, The Barons are a staple of Pittsburgh-area Oktoberfests, playing traditional volksmusik and a variety of modern German tunes and American hits. The band is billed as an authentic musical recreation of the contemporary Bavarian Oktoberfest experience.

On Sept. 22, Mädel Jäger will perform noon-5 p.m. The group features five lederhosen-wearing musicians from Pittsburgh playing traditional German, Austrian and Slovenian tunes, as well as American classics.

These groups also will perform that day:

• Alpen Schuhplattler Und Trachten Verein D’ Pittsburgher, an alpine dance group performing original Bavarian and Tyrolean dances.

• Eintracht Kinderchor, now in its third year and an integral part of New Castle’s 125 year old Eintracht Singing Society. The members are children, from kindergarten through high school age, wearing traditional dirndls and lederhosen representing many regions of Germany.

• The GTEV D’Lustigen Isartaler dance group, which promotes Bavarian and Austrian traditions, customs, folk dancing and singing, and displays original authentic Bavarian Tracht (regional clothing).

Oktoberfest is presented in participation with Teutonia Männerchor, a private club based in Pittsburgh’s North Side that offers activities and events to preserve German traditions.

Most park attractions and rides will be open, except for SoakZone and other water rides. Gates open at 11:30 a.m.; the park closes at 6 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased online for $28.99 (plus tax and fee), or for $32.99 plus tax at the gate.

Details: idlewild.com

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