CINCINNATI – Oktoberfest lovers rejoice! The annual celebration of German heritage has added another day of festivities.
The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber -- the producers of Oktoberfest Zinzinnati -- said Thursday that it will expand the hours of the event by opening Friday, Sept. 20 from 5 p.m. to midnight.
The festival has not included Friday hours of operation during previous years.
The giant three-day festival spans downtown’s Fifth Street from Vine Street to Sentinel Street. Hillshire Farm and Sam Adams are presenting the event.
Fans will still get to see traditional Friday events such as the Running of the Wieners at noon on Fountain Square, as well as the Gemütlichkeit Games featuring teams of local media at 5 p.m.
Organizers said about 85 percent of the traditional Oktoberfest activities, including food and beer vendors, will be available on Friday evening. The children’s rides will open at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21.
“Last year, we had a record crowd for Oktoberfest Zinzinnati and we expect an even bigger crowd with the Bengals hosting the Green Bay Packers on the same weekend. As America’s Oktoberfest -- a world-class event, we want to roll out the beer barrels and the Alpin horns early to greet our locals and visitors,” said Patrick Sheeran, vice president of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber in a release.
Oktoberfest Zinzinnati started in 1976 and has grown to be North America’s largest Oktoberfest with more than 500,000 attending each year.
Saturday’s hours this year will run 11 a.m. to midnight and Sunday will run 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
For more information, go to: www.oktoberfestzinzinnati.com .