Organizers of the Columbus Oktoberfest are getting ready to rock the glock.
For the first time, the festival will feature a traditional glockenspiel stage, patterned after a cuckoo clock, where entertainers enter the stage from small doors on either side of the structure.
In the meantime, Oktoberfest officials will be auditioning glockenspiel groups at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at Schmidt's Sausage Haus und Restaurant, 240 E. Kossuth St.
Interested groups must present a 20-minute number for the stage.
They can write skits or musical performances with a German theme, said Geoff Schmidt, president of the 48th annual festival, to be held Sept. 27-29 at the Ohio State Fairgrounds and Expo Center.
The winner of the contest will receive a $1,000 performance contract.
"It's going to be our new big thing. I see different shows at different times during the day," said Schmidt, owner of the Schmidt's restaurant in German Village.
The Columbus Oktoberfest wants to emulate other American Oktoberfests that feature the glockenspiel style of entertainment,
"It's such a traditional thing with Germans," he said.
Dave Fox Design Build Remodelers has agreed to build the elaborate stage setup.
"They do quality work," Schmidt said. "This is a big deal. This is going to be an important part of the Oktoberfest this year."