The Columbus Maennerchor's upcoming Oktoberfest is more about music than many other similar events.

The Columbus Maennerchor's upcoming Oktoberfest is more about music than many other similar events.

"The Maennerchor, we view it as the house that music built," said Michael O'Keefe, event chairman. "So any type of well-executed music dovetails well with our mission.

"There is something going on in every room, musically speaking," O'Keefe continued. "There are folk musicians playing and a main band playing in the ballroom, and of course all the singing societies will be there."

The Maennerchor Oktoberfest takes place Oct. 3-4 at the singing society's facility, 966 S. High St.

The gates open at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 3. Opening festivities, including the tapping of the keg and presentation of the 2008 Oktoberfest Queen, begin at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 4 and activities will last until midnight both days.

The event is the society's main social event and fundraiser for the year.

O'Keefe said one of the main performers Friday will be Squeeze Box of Frankenmuth, MI.

Saturday's headliner will be "Mike Farrenkopf und die Musikanten," which played the Maennerchor regularly before disbanding.

The Columbus "Maennerchor," "Damenchor," and "Kinderchor" -- respectively, the men's, women's and children's choruses -- will perform at the event.

In addition, there will be performances by the Maennerchor Newark, the "Germania Gesang und Sport Verein" and the Swiss Club. The Columbus Swiss Alp Horn Ensemble will perform and the "Germania Volkstaenzer" will perform German folk dances.

The Central Ohio Volkswagen Club will show a collection of antique and vintage cars.

O'Keefe said this will be the second year bluegrass musicians will perform at the event. There will also be jazz musicians.

"It gives people a little bit of variety," O'Keefe said. "Just when you can't take any more polka a jazz band will come on."

He said what makes this Oktoberfest unique is that it is intimate.

"It is less commercial than a lot of other Oktoberfests," O'Keefe said. "There will be no merchants strong arming you to buy anything; we just want people to come down and have a good time."

One-day admission is $6, a two-day ticket is $10. Children 12 and under are free. Tickets are available at the Columbus Maennerchor.

For details call 444-3531 or go to www.maennerchor.com

dcross@thisweeknews.com