The 6th Annual Fredericksburg Oktoberfest at the Blue & Gray Brewery got off to a festive start Friday evening. Despite the gray skies and occasional rain, the opening day events were well-attended. The evening began with a "early-bird special" of bratwurst and a beer. I chose Blue & Gray Oktoberfest beer with my meal. Musical entertainment was provided by The LOW'nBROWS Oompah band and singer Sabine. A large crowd gathered under the tent to enjoy polkas, waltzes and other traditional German "hofbrau haus" music.
Spotsylvania Supervisor Hap Conners and Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce President Bob Hagan where on hand to tap the ceremonial first keg of Oktoberfest beer. Job well done gentlemen. In addition to the Oktoberfest, the Blue & Gray Hefeweizen was also available, along with the year-round Blue & Gray beers.
Singer-songwriter Sabine performed a song she composed specifically for the event. The chorus goes like this:
In Fredericksburg, we're celebrating
Oktoberfest and Weizenbier
We have our designated driver,
Now bottoms up and let's say cheers.
This year the Oktoberfest celebration has been extended to a three-day event. The Fredericksburg Oktoberfest is always a fun event and this was a very enjoyable way to spend Friday evening. And if you don't believe me, here's a recommendation from Lew Bryson.
The festivities continue Saturday 11:00AM - 7:00PM and Sunday 11:00AM - 4:00PM RAIN OR SHINE. Admission is free. The complete schedule of events is here.
Pictures of the evening's events are here.