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Hoist A Stein At The 5th Annual Oktoberfest In Historic Downtown Celina

Article by Melissa Cromwell

Photography by Holly Farrow

Originally published in Celina Lifestyle

Celina Downtown Oktoberfest was started by the Greater Celina Chamber of Commerce 5 years ago as a way of bringing visitors to Downtown Celina. It has grown into an event that not only brings everyone Downtown but it is fun for the whole family. This year’s event will feature a tempting array of foods, German dancers, German music, as well as a slate of fun activities, contests, and of course a Biergarten. In keeping with the tradition of Celina’s Bobcat championship-winning football, there will be a large LED screen playing college football all day. Wear your dirndl or lederhosen in your favorite team’s color. 

As a not for profit, the Chamber of Commerce is always looking for ways to raise money, but also give back to the community at the same time. It is a long standing tradition with the Chamber to hold events where money would be raised and donated to other organizations in Celina. When they started Oktoberfest, the Chamber wanted to continue this tradition. From set-up to take down, to the front gate and side gates, know that the volunteers are working hard and also raising money for their organization. 

This year’s event is proud to have REX Real Estate as the title sponsor. Rex Glendenning and his family have been a part of the Celina community for generations and are one of the biggest supporters of local events. 

This year Oktoberfest has added a new element for young children. Along with the FREE Kid Zone, a FREE Kinder Zone has been added. This will be located inside of the Two29 on the Square event center and will offer soft play, petting zoo, cookie decorating, pumpkin decorating and much more for the younger children. The Kid Zone will still offer all of the great inflatables, rock climbing wall, face painting and this year an Oktoberfest coloring contest. 

As this is a fundraising event for the Celina Chamber of Commerce, there is a $5 entry fee. Children 12 and under are free and anyone wearing traditional German attire will also be admitted for free. There is complimentary shuttle parking from Celina High School and Brookshire's grocery store. All beer is sold in a commemorative beer stein. If you enter the beer stein-holding competition for $10, you get a glass stein to toast. Prost (“Cheers!”) with family and friends for the day. Start training now for this very competitive event, it’s a real crowd-pleaser!

The ceremonial tapping of the keg will start off the event at 11am. The entertainment will be non-stop until 10pm. It will include traditional music and dance and end with Brave Combo as they headline the event. Another family favorite at Oktoberfest is the annual wiener dog races. Officially known as the Dachshund Derby, this event is organized by D&L Farm and Home. Adorable Dachshunds will be racing to the finish line. The competition is fierce and the Wiener takes all!

For additional information and updates about Celina Downtown Oktoberfest, visit, FB@CelinaOktoberfestIG@celina_oktoberfest 

event calendar

11:00am  Gates Open

11:00am – 9:00pm   Kids Zone Open

11:15am    Tapping of the Keg and Toast

12:00pm – 5:00pm   Unicorn Pony Rides

2:00pm   Dachshund Derby

3:30pm   Kids & Adults German Costume Contest

9:30pm   Bar Sales Close

10:00pm   Event Ends

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