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The sounds of oompah bands and klinking steins will ring Saturday, September 25 during Baraboo Oktoberfest!

The Baraboo Area will raise a glass to Bavarian culture at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Baraboo/Sauk County campus from noon to 10 p.m. Polka bands will entertain – as will Wisconsin favorite The Swing Crew – as revelers sample Oktoberfest beers and oversized pretzels. And that’s just the beginning of the fun: Don’t be shy about trying your hand at the hammerschlagen. If you don’t nail it, you can always show your strength in the masskrugstemmen stein holding contest.

The event on campus will cap a weekend full of Oktoberfest-fun in Baraboo. On Thursday, September 23, the SSM St. Clare Auxiliary will host an Oktoberfest Dinner from 5-8 p.m. at Glacier Rock. On Friday, September 24, Downtown Baraboo will hold its Brew Ha Ha beer walk around the downtown square from 6-9 p.m.

Oktoberfest revelers will find early autumn is a glorious time to visit the Baraboo Area. Leaves turn from green to dazzling reds, yellows and oranges in the Baraboo Hills as hikers take to the trails at Devil’s Lake State Park and apple lovers shop at Ski Hi Fruit Farm.

Be sure to check out everything the Baraboo Area has to offer before you say “Auf weidersehen.” And remember to look for Oktoberfest updates at Before you know it, it’ll be time to break out the lederhosen and dirndls and enjoy that warm feeling we call gemutlichkeit!

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