Popular annual event to take over historic square
The 2nd annual Celina Oktoberfest celebration is scheduled from 11:00am to 10:00pm Saturday, October 12, 2019, in the city’s historic downtown square at West Walnut and North Ohio Streets in Celina. This family friendly event will be presented rain or shine.
Produced by the Greater Celina Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Landmark Bank, Celina Oktoberfest will feature live performances from festive bands including The Royal Klobasneks and The Dogensteins, a tempting assortment of traditional German foods and a biergarten boasting a bountiful selection of imported and domestic craft brews.
Celina Oktoberfest will kick off with a ceremonial tapping of the keg and traditional toast. Exciting events will follow throughout the day and evening. A bratwurst-eating contest, a Dachshund Derby dog race, stein-holding and beer-pong competitions are scheduled. The day’s top college football games will be shown on a giant LED screen in the square. Adults and children can participate in a cakewalk, Chicken Dance circles and traditional German costume contests. Youngsters can enjoy bounce houses, pumpkin- and cookie-decorating activities, craft workshops by Home Depot and interact with magical unicorn ponies in the free Kids’ Zone.
Authentic German delicacies and other culinary treats will be served up at Celina Oktoberfest by food-and-beverage purveyors including Bayer’s Kolonialwaren bakery and Fischer’s Meat Market, both of Muenster, TX. Cristi&Ali Cuisine, Po’ Boy Place, Papa’s Homemade Ice Cream, Conway’s Corn Dogs and Shuckers Roasted Corn will feature their respective specialties. More than two dozen merchandise vendors will be on hand selling authentic German goods as well as unique handmade items and other innovative products. The excellent eateries and retailers on Celina’s downtown square will also be open and offering exclusive specials and sales during the event.
Celina Oktoberfest general admission tickets are $5. Children age 12 and under will be admitted free, as will any attendee who wears traditional German attire (lederhosen or a dirndl costume) to the festival. Tickets are available for advanced purchase now at https://celinaoktoberfest.com/ and at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-celina-oktoberfest-tickets-67926157967. Same-day tickets will be sold at the gate (cash only).
Alcoholic-drink tickets ($1 each) will be available at the ticket booth during the festival (four tickets for a 12-ounce beer; six tickets for 16 ounces). Commemorative half-liter beer steins ($10) can be purchased and used at Celina Oktoberfest or kept as a souvenir.
Free parking and shuttles will be at Celina High School, 3455 N. Preston Road, and at Brookshire’s Food & Pharmacy Celina, 675 Sunset Blvd. Limited free parking will be available adjacent to the square at West Pecan Street and North Louisiana Drive. Paid parking ($20) will be located at the Celina ISD Administration Building, 205 S. Colorado St.