The 59th Oktoberfest, considered the "original" in central Ohio but not the largest, will be held Friday, Sept. 15, through Sunday, Sept. 17, at the Germania Singing and Sport Society, 543 S. Front St. in Columbus' Brewery District.

Club officials have added a day to the festival, said Kathleen Megown, vice president of the Damenchor, the ladies singing group.

The club extended Sommerfest to another Friday to coincide with Oktoberfest.

The ceremonial tapping of the keg will occur at 6:45 p.m. Friday instead of Saturday, as has been done in previous years, Megown said. Oktoberfest hours are 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Food and beer will be available for purchase, and dancing and live music will be part of the festival. Attendance is free.

Patrons can sup on traditional German fare, such as schnitzel, potato pancakes, Bavarian pretzels, potato salad, bratwurst, cream puffs and other food, much of which is handmade by Germania volunteers.

"It's truly a volunteer event," said John Kneller, chairman of Germania's board of trustees. "It takes us a few months to plan for it. We like to say it's the most authentic Oktoberfest in central Ohio. We have German food; we have German beverages; we have German people."

Local craft beers will join imported German brews at the Oktoberfest.

Singing, dancing and live music will be performed both inside and outside throughout the festival's three days.

One main musical attraction, the Worthington Civic Band, will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday. From 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, crafts and games for children will be available.

Megown said the Oktoberfest offers a "feeling of welcoming."

"It is very much like a village atmosphere," she said. "It's as if you went to Germany and there was a festival."

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