FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Trudi Webster, Media Director
Oktoberfest Northwest 2019
425.295.3262 | trudiw@festivals-inc.com
Festivals Inc.

OKTOBERFEST NORTHWEST CELEBRATES 15 YEARS OF GERMAN BIER, FOOD AND NON-STOP ENTERTAINMENT IN PUYALLUP.


Friday, August 23, 2019 — Puyallup, WA — Evergreen Eye Center returns as the presenting sponsor of Oktoberfest Northwest, the three-day Munich-style Oktoberfest celebration, with German bier, delicious food, and live entertainment, which takes place on Friday through Sunday, October 4th-6th, 2019, at Washington State Fair Events Center, in Puyallup WA.

Located in Pierce County — in the heart of Puyallup — Oktoberfest Northwest is the perfect festival for guests who want a taste of a traditional German Oktoberfest with delicious foods, German biers, plus German-inspired fun with Bavarian Bier-lympics (Sat), Stein Dash 5K (Sun), Hammerschlagen®, Wiener Dog races (Sun), the Sports Haus with TV’s, and games like beer pong and corn hole toss, and more.

The entertainment lineup at Oktoberfest Northwest brings non-stop live music all weekend on the Munich Festhalle Stage sponsored by Xfinity. Enjoy traditional Bavarian entertainment, including the return of Grammy-Nominee, LynnMarie & The Nashville Polka Guys, the Enzian Schuplattler Dancers, and Z Musikmakers, plus NEW for 2019, Oktoberfest Northwest will feature two high-energy and fun, 80’s New Wave covers bands; The Spazmatics (Friday night) and Nite Wave (Saturday night), guaranteed to keep guests singing and dancing late into the night.

Oktoberfest Northwest will showcase restaurants and specialty food booths, which will offer food lovers a variety of Bavarian dishes including Schweinshaxe (Roasted Pork Knuckle), Schnitzel, Cabbage Rolls, and Bienenstich (Bee Sting Sweet Cake), in addition to the traditional favorites of Bratwurst sausages, pretzels, sauerkraut and apple fritters. Grab your NEW Experience Oktoberfest Northwest Discounted Food & Bier Package and other discounted bier and general entry packages, at: www.oktoberfestnw.com/tickets-packages

VIP EXPERIENCE: Take your Oktoberfest Northwest experience to the next level as a VIP guest at the exclusive VIP Only Area with Private Bar, sponsored by Seattle Refined, located by the Munich Festhalle Stage inside the Washington State Fair Events Center.

The VIP Experience has been extended with entry from 3:00 p.m. until 11:30 p.m on Friday, Oct. 4 & Saturday, Oct. 5 (21+) and, includes:

  • Same-day Admission

  • Exclusive VIP Only Area with Private Bar beside the Festhalle Main Stage

  • Limited Edition German Bier Poured in VIP ONLY: along with three additional German biers and wine

  • Official Stein with 2 beverage tickets 

  • Official Oktoberfest NW Souvenir Drinking Glove

  • Light Appetizers/Snacks *5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. while supplies last

  • Skip the Bier Ticket Lines

  • In/Out VIP Privileges

  • VIP-only Hammerschlagen® stump

  • No-host coat rack within VIP Lounge

NOTE: VIP guests can arrive any time at Oktoberfest Northwest, however, the VIP Lounge is open on the above mentioned hours only. Purchase VIP Experience packages at www.oktoberfestnw.com/vip-experience

Hammerschlagen®: In 2005, Oktoberfest Northwest introduced Hammerschlagen® to the Pacific Northwest, and it quickly became one of the most popular Oktoberfest Northwest activities. While there are all-play games available all weekend, the Official Hammerschlagen® Tournament of Champions, sponsored by Emerald Queen Casino, with media partner Sports Radio 950 AM KJR, takes place on Friday, Oct. 4th & Saturday, Oct. 5th with the Grand Final on the Saturday night. Sign ups are onsite on a first come basis. Mark Zurschmiede, the 2017 and 2018 Grand Champion is scheduled to return to defend his title.

The Bavarian Bier-Lympics competition, sponsored by 106.1 KISS FM, will return on Saturday, Oct. 5th, with teams between 2 and 4 to battle it out through a course of four challenging and fun activities including the Brat Toss, Keg Rolling, Stein Holding, and Hammerschlagen® to see who will become the 2019 Bavarian Bier-Lympics Champions. Online advance signups recommended, at www.oktoberfestnw.com/bavarian-bierlympics. Onsite signups if space available.

The Stein Dash 5K, with new media partner 96.5 JACK FM, is back, on Sunday, Oct. 6th! Participants will run 3.1 miles around the fairgrounds with a souvenir stein, and have the option to get a taste at three ‘Bier Stops” along the route. Water will also be available. The race will end inside of the Oktoberfest Northwest Munich Festhalle where the participant’s first drink (bier or root beer) is on the ‘haus'.’ All ages welcome. Participants under 21 will be served root beer along the course. The Kids 1/2 Mile Root Beer Run will also take place on Sunday. Register for both events at www.steindash5k.com

The Sports Haus sponsored by 99.9 KISW, is the place where fans can keep up with the action of their favorite teams while still joining in on the Oktoberfest Northwest celebration! The Sports Haus features a giant 8' screen, two 50" plasma TVs, lounge seating, and a selection of bar games like Beer Pong and Corn Hole.

Wiener Dog Races: Catch the pint-sized action of the 12th Annual Running of the Wieners at Oktoberfest Northwest, on Sunday, Oct. 6th. Multiple races, costume contests, and great fun for the whole family in Wiener Dog Stadium inside the Munich Festhalle. The Wiener Dog Races are produced by NW Wiener Races and sponsored by 100.7 The Wolf. For more details, or to register your dog head to www.oktoberfestnw.com/wiener-dog-races

Oktoberfest Northwest welcomes families to enjoy the authentic Oktoberfest spirit with activities for the kids, including arts & crafts by the Tacoma German Language School, ½ Mile Kids Root Beer Run, authentic Maypole dance, free pumpkin decorating, face painting, and root beer floats in the Root Bier Garden, kids Hammerschlagen®, and a scavenger hunt. Family Sunday sponsored by The News Tribune and Star 101.5 FM, is half price admission day at Oktoberfest Northwest: Children 12 and under are free all weekend. The Designated Driver Program is also located at the Root Bier Garden. Designated drivers receive courtesy coffee and soda.

Traditional or costumed dress is always encouraged at Oktoberfest Northwest. Das Party Haus, located inside the festival, offers themed party items like chicken hats, dirndl aprons, beads, and more, for purchase, to get guests into the Oktoberfest Northwest spirit.

’Das Party Ist Best at Oktoberfest Northwest’ Rain or Shine - We’re Indoors!

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Oktoberfest NW Presented by Evergreen Eye Center
Friday-Sunday, Oct 4-6, 2019
Washington State Fair Events Center
110 9th Ave SW
Puyallup, WA 98371
Entry at Blue Gate Only

For all Oktoberfest Northwest information, and to purchase tickets and packages, visit, www.oktoberfestnw.com

Hours:
Friday: Noon - Midnight, Sat. 11 a.m. - midnight. & Sun. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
(Note: 21 & older after 6 p.m. on Fri & Sat.)

Admission:
Friday: Noon-3 p.m. FREE, 3 p.m. – Close: $15 (Online in advance $12)
Saturday: $15 (Online in advance $12)
Sunday: $7.50 (Half-price Admission for Family Day (Online in advance $6)
Note: Children 12 & under are free all weekend

Pets:   Pets are not allowed unless they are registered service dogs or wiener dogs registered for the race and ONLY on Sunday, Oct. 6th.