Lion Brewery - 2008 Oktoberfest Line-Up

26 August 2008

Mark your calendar and dust of your Lederhosen....

Dates:
Friday, October 3rd from 5 PM – 11 PM
Saturday, October 4th from 11 AM – 10 PM

Friday
5:00 PM – Open ceremony (tapping of the first keg) – Will have the Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tom Leighton, Lion Brewery Union President Clarence Gallagher and the Brew Masters
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM – Joe Stanky
8:00 PM – 11:00 PM – Music for Models
9:30 PM – Fireworks
Bill Kuklewics – strolling accordian player

Saturday

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Joe Stanky
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Plus 3
4:00 – 7:00 – The 5 Percent
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM – 40 lb. Head
Bill Kuklewics – strolling accordian player

1:00 PM - Weiner Dog Races (signups are at 12 PM Sat. – 1 hr before race starts)
12:00 PM – 5 PM - Brewery Tours (first come first serve)
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Beer Tasting
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Bill Dixon “Walk Around Magic”
9:30 PM – Fireworks

Both days
-Entrance Fee - $3.00
-includes a 16 oz commemorative Oktoberfest mug or a 12 oz Lion Brewery root beer mug for kids
-No parking onsite this year. Will have designated parking lots for consumers to park. We will have shuttle buses run from the Brewery to the downtown square and back AND from the Brewery to Mohegan Sun and back.

-Rides/ games
-Food and craft vendors

6 comments (click to read or post):

Anonymous,  26 August, 2008 21:01  

no on site parking?
admission?
sounds like the only people who will be there will be the mayor and the brewmaster.
Come on!

mybeerbuzz,  27 August, 2008 07:24  

I did ask and there will be the normal parking lot across the street, just NOT on the Lion grounds. I was dissapointed with this change but I'm sure there's a reason for it. There's always been a charge to buy the mug & refills so if my $3 gets me the mug and I've been paying for the beer anyway, then that's a wash. I actually think they're trying to make it simpler than the ticket system of previous years. Honestly even if it was $3 just to get in, I'm OK with that. Guess it will be the Mayor, the brewmasters and ME....and probably a few thousand other people. See you there...

---Guy,  27 August, 2008 09:09  

I'm sure the reason is they need to expand the fest into the back lot. It was shoulder-to-shoulder last year, and the on-site parking area is the only useable space to ease the crowding.

sam k,  27 August, 2008 09:15  

I've been to a number of brewery-sponsored events in my life, beginning with Jones Brewing Company's 75th anniversary party in 1982 (still the one to beat), but the Lion's Oktoberfest is by far the best of the rest. Been there twice, and hope to make it again this year. I agree with mybeerbuzz that the charge is a wash...you were paying for the mug, anyway.

The entertainment is all top notch, the light show on the brewhouse wall is cool, and this year...fireworks! Worth three bucks anytime, my friend!

I understand that the party will be moving out of the brewery courtyard and into the parking lot out back, hence the parking change. There will be a HUGE tent set up there with draft trailers lined up down the middle serving the beer. More of a true German Oktoberfest feel this time around.

Anonymous, you gotta go with the flow and just PARTY, man! No wonder Al Quaeda hates us!!!

mybeerbuzz,  27 August, 2008 09:16  

Good point and makes sense. I was thinking some sort of liability issue, but increasing the size of the event space makes much more sense. For thos ethat have not done it before, be sure to do the brewery tour and check out the HUGE lagering tanks.

Anonymous,  12 September, 2008 15:26  

Come on and support your local brewery. It is not a money making venture. It is to give back to the community and to make the community aware of the brewery.

$3 bucks to get in is nothing and you get the mug. They had to move it to the parking lot because they needed room and there were a lot of liabilities from last years event. There will be a lot more room. The beer tents will be able to serve from both sides of the trailers, so you can get beer quicker and easier. BTW, this years Ofest is the best one yet!!!

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