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O' say can you see, it's Wayne Messmer singing the national anthem before the wiener dog races!  Wayne has sung the anthem nearly 5000 times for the Chicago Cubs, Bulls,Bears, and the Blackhawks.  Messmer is a professional singer, speaker, broadcaster, author, and actof from Chicago, Illinois

Mollie B. national polka star and host of Mollie B's Polka Party on RFD TV will be performing with the Jim Busta Band!

schedule of events

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018
Noon to 10 p.m.

Depot Park, Galena, Illinois
(Highway 20 and Park Avenue)

Adults & Teens -$5.00
Children 12 and under - Free
(Children must be accompanied by an adult)
Free use of bounce house & games for kids

galena oktoberfest

Oktoberfest is a fun-filled day from non-stop live music to family-friendly wiener dog races and hearty German-inspired food to thirst quenching brews.

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018

Galena Oktoberfest 2018 Schedule of Events


9 am – 11 am    Midwest Health & Fitness Center 5K Walk/Run - starts & ends at Galena River Trail/Depot Park
11 am     Live music begins with the Jim Busta Band & Mollie B.
11:30 - 4:00 New Glarus Alphorners - George Albright & Heinz Mattmann
Noon  Cannon start and Ceremonial Tapping of the Keg
Noon -- 1 pm   Wiener Dog Registration
Noon -- 4 pm Registration for Beer Stein Endurance Contest and Bean Bag Tournament
Noon – 6 pm        Bounce House/Art Station for the kids
Noon – 6 pm  Food Service by Galena Elks Club
Noon - 8 pm Galena Oktoberfest merchandise for sale, while supplies last
Noon – 10 pm Food Service by Cynthia's Extra Batch, & Victory Cafe & Catering
12:30 pm Polka Dance Lessons with Tim & Kathy
1:00 pm  Wayne Messmer sings the National Anthem
1:10 pm Wiener Dog Parade & Call to the Post
1:30 pm Wiener Dog Races begin
1:45 pm Raffle Winner Dance with Mollie B.
2:30 pm - 6:00 pm Live music with The Goodtime Dutchmen band
4:00 pm Wiener Dog Championship Races
4:25 pm Galena Oktoberfest Poster Art Auction
4:30 pm Polka Dance Lessons with Tim & Kathy
4:30 pm Beer Stein Endurance Contest
5:00 pm Bean Bag Tournament
6 pm – 10 pm   Live music with Derty Rice

Galena Oktoberfest 2018 Wiener Dog Schedule


12:00 pm – 1:00 pm   Wiener Dog Registration
1:00 pm Wayne Messmer sings the National Anthem
1:10 pm       Call to the Post and Wiener Dog Parade
1:30 pm Best Dressed Male & Female Wiener Dog event
1:45 pm Begin Heat Races (three divisions: Puppy, Adult & Senior)
3:30 pm    Semifinal Races for all three divisions
4:00 pm   Legends Race (all previous champions)
4:05 pm Senior Championship Race
4:10 pm Puppy Championship Race
4:15 pm  Adult Championship Race



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