Columbus' second Oktoberfest celebration in as many weeks is set for Sept. 14 to 16 in the Brewery District.

The 60th annual event will be held at the Germania Singing and Sport Society, 543 S. Front St.

Admission is $5 for each of the three days. Children 12 years old and younger will be admitted free.

The Germania Oktoberfest celebrates the traditions of dancing, singing, food and drink, said Kathleen Megown, vice president of the damenchor, the women's choir at the club.

"First, it's a different experience, a little slice of another country, a lot of great food, music, dancing, and it's good for kids," Megown said. "It's very friendly and good-natured."

Items on the a la carte menu -- many of them homemade -- include cabbage rolls, schnitzel, potato salad, red cabbage, sauerkraut and Bavarian pretzels, she said.

"One thing that's become very popular is these little cream puffs," she said.

Hours are 5 to 11 p.m. Sept. 14; 4 to 11 p.m. Sept. 15; and noon to 8 p.m. Sept. 16.

The ceremonial tapping of the keg is scheduled for 5:45 p.m. Sept. 14.

Mark Pinnick, president and choral director of the club, said Germans in south Columbus started the Germania Oktoberfest, a fixture for the community for three generations.

"It was something important to them," Pinnick said. "The great thing about Germania (Oktoberfest) is it reaches back to their heritage."

Pinnick said the Oktoberfest would include local craft beer options, as well as draft beers from Hacker-Pschorr and Paulaner Brauerei Munchen, two German breweries, on draft.

More information about the Germania Oktoberfest is available at www.germaniacolumbus.org.

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