German heritage celebrated in downtown Findlay during Oktoberfest Findlay – WKTN

8th Annual German Heritage Festival

(FINDLAY, Ohio) -Oktoberfest Findlay has become one of the biggest one-day events in our area, with over 6,000 people in attendance. Oktoberfest Findlay, presented by Premier Bank, is a fun, family-friendly event celebrating German heritage in Hancock County with live music, polka dancing, competitions, children’s activities, German food and a large selection of beers and wines. Oktoberfest Findlay will take place from 2-10:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 24 on Main Street South in downtown Findlay.

The group Polka, Fred Ziwich and the International Sound Machine will take the stage at 2 p.m. Ziwich was inducted into the International Polka Music Hall of Fame in 2017. At 4:00 p.m., the official firkin tapping will take place on the competition stage (South Main Street and Hardin Street) along with the opening ceremonies of the festival’s many competitions, including a stein endurance challenge and a bratwurst eating contest! The Duane Malinowks Orchestrai will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. Duane has charted on numerous country music charts across Europe and Australia, and has been the opening act for The Charlie Daniels Band, The Bellamy Brothers, Bobby Vinton and Brenda Lee.

Children of all ages will enjoy German crafts and games on Kinderplatz! Kid’s Zone, sponsored by Freudenberg NOK, 2-7 p.m. Throughout the day, customers will be able to enjoy a great selection of food and libation vendors! Vendors include Schmidt’s Sausage Haus, Saum’s Meat Market and many more. Oktoberfest Findlay will feature over 30 different types of imported, domestic and craft beers, with ten regional microbreweries in attendance. Admission is $5 for those 21 and over and $3 for those under 21. The full schedule of events is available at

About Oktoberfest Findlay! : With a significant German influence in Findlay and Hancock County, the mission of Oktoberfest Findlay is to establish a fun and educational family event in downtown Findlay to celebrate German heritage and honor the community of Findlay’s German-American culture through entertainment, food and fellowship. Proceeds from Oktoberfest Findlay will benefit the Hancock Historical Museum, a privately funded 501c3 organization dedicated to preserving Hancock County’s rich heritage. The Hancock Historical Museum offers programs to more than 20,000 people each year, including more than 4,000 Hancock County school children.

Sponsors: Premier Bank, Findlay Brewing Company, Ohio Logistics, Beer Co., Freudenberg-NOK, AMRI, Visit Findlay, Wolfie’s Nuts, Sunbelt, TJD Industrial Services, Bin There Dump That Dumpster Rentals, Ag Pro, Flag City Clothing, Charles Beagle Electric, Rooney & Ranzau and Radio Hospital.

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