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Cleveland Oktoberfest at Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds is the fun place to be

Some scenes from this year's Oktoberfest at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in Berea, Ohio
Some scenes from this year's Oktoberfest at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in Berea, Ohio
Mark Horning & Co. Photography

Its Oktoberfest time and if you don’t mind a little liquid sunshine tomorrow, come on over to the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in Berea, Ohio for a day of food, fun and beer. Everything is under tents or in the buildings so you don’t have to worry about getting wet.

Come to the Cleveland Oktoberfest at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in Berea, Ohio
Mark Horning & Co. Photography

Some of the highlights of this year’s Oktoberfest are “The Original Eagles Tribute Band” who will be performing at 8:45 p.m. and the Bee Gees Tribute Band staying alive at 4:00 p.m. on Monday (when better weather returns).

The live Glockenspiel is back to shower tons of gifts on the eager crowd waiting below, as well as Carl Jara doing one of his incredible life-size sand sculptures. Twenty international dance groups will be performing in the world pavilion including Dance Israeli, Burke School of Irish Dance, Madame Gigi’s French Can Can Dancers, Dlustigen Isataler German Dancers, Yin Tang Chinese Dancers and St. Nickolas Russian Dancers. The World Pavilion is where you will find wonderful shops with items from around the world. For the kids there’s a marionette Show, Gingerbread House Making, Inflatables, Hay Rides, and Crafts. For the adults there are over 22 microbreweries represented competing against each other, the Euclid Beach Display and for the athletically minded a 5K Bier Run on Monday. Hours are Sunday 12 noon to Midnight and Monday 12 noon to 8:00 p.m.

Roving bands will be traveling the midway to entertain you including Chardon Polka Band, and The Brews Brothers. Columbus Kinderchor, Heights Damechor and Cleveland Moennerchor will be performing at the Gazebo over the weekend. There are also a slew of German Bands and dance groups to entertain you as well.

As for food just about every world cuisine is represented with heavy emphasis of course on the German Food. Along with the schnitzels (on and off a stick), strudel, brats, noodle dishes and potato pancakes you will find Gyros, Pizza, Italian Sausage, Ribs, soft Pretzels, Chocolate and Bacon (and just plain Chocolate), Wild Bills Soda Pop, European Pastries, Pierogis, Onion Rings, Fried Veggies, stuffed cabbage, custard, Elk Kabobs, Scallops, Spaetzle, Paprekash,

On the Midway you will find all your “Fair Favorites” such as Roasted Almonds, Waffles, Kettle Corn, Ice Cream, Lemonade, Corn Dogs and French Fries just to name a few.

So if you don’t mind braving a few raindrops on Sunday (and you won’t have to fight the crowds until Monday) grab the family for some good old fashion German fun. Prost ein Toast!