Oktoberfest returns to Fort Benning this weekend

Oktoberfest returns to Fort Benning this weekend

FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) - It's that time of year again – Fort Benning's annual Oktoberfest is returning this weekend.

This year's Oktoberfest will take place October 23-25 at Uchee Creek Campground and Marina.

It will feature German music and foods, a keg tossing competition, a Dachshund Derby, stein hoisting contests, hayrides, games and so much more.

The fun starts at Friday October 23 at 4 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m. The day includes fun for the kids, with inflatables and a petting zoo, and fun for adults, with a ceremonial keg tapping at 6 p.m., performances by the Sonnenschein Express and yodelers, stein hoisting contests and more.

Saturday starts with the annual Oktoberfest 10K Cross Country Run (and a 5K) at 9 a.m. at Uchee Creek. Register for $25 at Smith Fitness Center or www.active.com. On site, the fee increase to $30. The first 100 to register will receive a free t-shirt. A family-friendly Volksmarch starts at about 10am (after the 10K runners have all cleared the gate.) Register on site for this free event.

Saturday events also include canine competitions (the Dachshund Derby, Best Dressed, Doggie Doppelganger and Top Dog trick); hay rides, pony rides, petting zoo, inflatables, crafts, boat rides and pumpkin patch for the kids; a keg tossing competition, dancing and more music. The party taps out at 10 p.m.

Sunday activities, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., include more great music, performances by the SKIES Dance Team and more children's activities.

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