By Amy Guckeen Tolson, Staff writerSeptember 7, 2011
Let the good times -- and the beer barrels -- roll.
Family and Morale Welfare and Recreation's annual Oktoberfest returns for another year to the Redstone Activity Field Sept. 15-18, to celebrate the German heritage that helped rocket America into space, and put Huntsville -- and Redstone Arsenal -- on the map.
"If you like good music, good food, good beer and a good time, there's no better place to be," Mark Germonprez, FMWR business operations officer, said. "Let's not forget the Soldatenstube German food, the schnitzel and bratwurst, and the beers we have flown in for the fest."
A good time is sure to be had by all as Terry Cavanaugh and the Alpine Express, an Oktoberfest favorite, return this year, to put a little polka and "oompah!" into fest goers' steps. Performances are 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, 7 p.m. to midnight Friday, 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday, and 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday.
"Terry Cavanaugh is always the biggest hit of Oktoberfest," Germonprez said.
The carnival, complete with Ferris wheel, and some bigger and better rides, returns this year as well, with plenty to do and see for all ages. And for those wanting to know the score of the big game, five different HD TVs will be available in the Sports Tent Friday, Saturday and Sunday broadcasting both college and NFL games, as well as other sports. The ceremonial keg tapping will be held Friday at 6 p.m. in the Fest Hall Tent.
Oktoberfest kicks off Thursday, Sept. 15 at 5 p.m. Hours are 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, 12 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, and 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $12 Thursday and Sunday, $15 Friday and Saturday. Carnival rides, parking and entertainment is free. Open to the public, enter through Gate 10. For more information, call 313-5224.