Fremont Oktoberfest: A Quirky Brew-Ha-Ha

Fun, offbeat fest rings in autumn

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Fremont Oktoberfest
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During the weekend of Sept. 21-23, 2012, Seattle's Fremont neighborhood lives up to its reputation as the city's quirkiest neighborhood with its offbeat take on traditional Oktoberfest festivities.

Fremont's family-friendly Oktoberfest celebration includes a 5-K race, neighborhood scavenger hunt, Dogtoberfest activities, an Oktoberfest village and two stages with live music.

The festival's perennial favorite, the Texas Chainsaw Pumpkin Carving Contest, features costumed chainsaw-wielding contestants creating pumpkin sculptures while the audience cheers them on. And, during the Buxom Royalty Contest, contestants in lederhosen and dirndls answer trivia questions for prizes.

This year, more than 80 domestic and imported microbrew beers and ales will be poured in the festival’s beer garden. While the Oktoberfest Village is free and open to all ages, the Tasting Garden requires admission and is open to guests ages 21 and older.

Tasting Garden tickets are already on sale and include a commemorative mug and five tasting tokens. 

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