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43rd Annual Oktoberfest in Sidney this weekend

SIDNEY, Neb. - The weekend-long Oktoberfest celebration kicks off on Friday morning in Sidney. While the Opening Ceremonies won’t begin until noon on Friday, the Farmers Market will be open starting at 9:00am in the Pavilion at the Cheyenne County Fairgrounds. The Market will remain open until 7:00 that evening, 9:00am-7:00pm on Saturday, and 10:00am-2:00pm on Sunday as well. The Crafts Fair will also take place at the Fairgrounds both Friday and Saturday from 10:00am-8:00pm, and Sunday 10:00am-2:00pm.

The Opening Ceremonies and Dedication will officially begin the celebration at noon on Friday in the Oktoberfest tent, followed by 12 hours of continuous free live entertainment including local high school dance groups and choirs, several musical groups, and the Denver and District Pipe Band with dancers beginning at 8:00pm. The Matt Spinks Trio will then hit the stage to end the evening with a dance from 9:00pm-midnight.

Saturday will begin bright and early at 7:30am with the SRMC Oktoberfest 5K Walk & Run, 10K Run. At 10:00am the Oktoberfest parade will make its way down Illinois Street and will include a high school band competition. Then, much like Friday, from noon to midnight, there will once again be non-stop entertainment, ethnic foods, and more in the Oktoberfest tent at the Fairgrounds. Multiple musical acts will take the stage ranging from Irish and Scottish dancers to the band Rascal Martinez who will perform from 9:00pm-midnight. Also on Saturday, from noon to 4:00pm, there will be a Rod N’ Roll Show & Shine Car Show at the Legion Park ball field.

Sunday features two horseshoe tournaments out at the Fairgrounds, singles ages 25 & under begins at 9:00, while singles ages 25 & over will begin at 1:00. Inside the tent, there will be food available from 11:00am-2:00pm and an open mic onstage noon-2:00. The final event will be the 15th Annual Running of the Wieners, wiener dog races in the Pavilion. A costume contest will start the event at 1:00 and the races will begin at 1:30.  

To view a full schedule of events and the full entertainment schedule, click here.



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