This Weekend's Newport Oktoberfest Sets Itself Apart with a Log-Sawing Competition and Stick-Horse Race

Sure! Why not?!

click to enlarge Bavarian cream puffs - Photo: Provided
Photo: Provided
Bavarian cream puffs

Greater Cincinnati has had Oktoberfest celebrations all month long, and now the festivities are crossing the river into Northern Kentucky.

Pretend you’re in Munich as you stroll from tent-to-tent. Sponsored by Christian Moerlein, there will be traditional German bier tents and food including:

  • Superbrats
  • Bavarian sausage
  • Bacon-wrapped goetta bites
  • Big goetta sandwiches
  • Goetta sliders
  • Currywurst
  • Hot dogs
  • Reuben sandwich
  • French fries
  • Goetta balls
  • Limburger
  • Oktoberfest pretzel with cheese
  • Bavarian cream puffs
  • Apple and cherry strudel
  • German pastries and more
click to enlarge Log-sawing competition - Photo: Provided
Photo: Provided
Log-sawing competition

Slip on some lederhosen and jive to German music all weekend long, including music from Germany’s Schoene Zeiten Echo as well as Steve Owen Musig, Alpen Echos and the Enzian Dance Group.

New this year? Peep the Log Sawing Competition, Masskrugstemmen Beer Stein Holding Competition or the Oktoberfest Stakes Stick Horse Racing, or shop the Bluegrass Marketplace.

Here's a full schedule of events:


  • 5 p.m. Schoene Zeiten Echo
  • p.m. Opening Ceremonies - Ceremonial Keg Tapping, Recognition of 2018 Burgermeister Scott Scholz from Händlmaier's Mustard Club
  • 6:30 p.m. Schoene Zeiten Echo
  • 7:20 p.m. Cincinnati Beer Run 
  • 7:30 p.m. Steve Owen Musig
  • p.m. Masskrugstemmen Beer Stein Holding Competition
  • 8:15 p.m. Schoene Zeiten Echo
  • p.m. Steve Owen Musig
  • 9:30 p.m. Schoene Zeiten Echo 
  • 10:30 p.m. Steve Owen Musig 
  • 11 p.m. Schoene Zeiten Echo


Stick horses - Photo: Provided
Photo: Provided
Stick horses

  • Noon Schoene Zeiten Echo
  • 1 p.m. Steve Owen Musig
  • 1:30 p.m. Schoene Zeiten Echo
  • 2:30 p.m. Steve Owen Musig
  • p.m. Schoene Zeiten Echo
  • p.m. Masskrugstemmen Beer Stein Holding Competition
  • 4:15 p.m. Steve Owen Musig
  • 4:30 p.m. Schoene Zeiten Echo
  • 5:30 p.m. Enzian Schuplattiers Tanz Group (will dance twice-add where appropriate)
  • 6:30 p.m. Alpen Echos
  • 7:30 p.m. The Newport Oktoberfest Stakes - Stick Horse Races
  • p.m. Alpen Echos
  • 8:30 p.m. Log Sawing Competition
  • 9-11 p.m. Alpen Echos


  • Noon Steve Owen Musig Trio
  • 4 p.m. Masskrugstemmen Beer Stein Holding Competition
  • 4:15-9 p.m. Schoene Zeiten Echo

5-11 p.m. Friday; noon-11 p.m. Saturday; noon-9 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. Newport’s Festival park at the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Newport, Ky.,

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