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Oktoberfest 2011

Your Guide to the Opening Weekend of the Texas Renaissance Festival

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The Texas Renaissance Festival, America's largest Renaissance theme park, draws over 450,000 visitors of all ages and backgrounds. Located 50 miles northwest of Houston in Plantersville, Texas Renaissance Festival brings the 16th century to life with song, dance, theater, craft and of course food and beverages. It's a truly remarkable event that every Houstonian should experience. The 8-weekend festival kicks off with Oktoberfest, a beer-heavy celebration held the second weekend in October.

Oktoberfest Theme at a Glance

The scene is set in a recreation of Germany's Bavarian Forest complete with German music, street characters dancing polka and the sweet smell of freshly-prepared Bratwurst.

Contests

Perhaps the most exhilarating activity of any Oktoberfest is competing in or rooting for your favored competitor during the many games and contests. Contestants will either sing, dance or eat to their best ability in hopes of winning season tickets to next year's Texas Renaissance Festival.
11:00 a.m. - Polka Contest on the Revels Stage
2:00 p.m. - Bavarian Stein Holding on the Revels Stage
4:00 p.m. - Bratwurst Eating Contest on the Revels Stage

Performers and Artists

Marshall Davis: Ever wondered about the origins of your family name? This featured artist will not only help you discover them but send you off with a nifty family coat of arms affixed to pretty much anything you'd like. Ok, maybe not anything. Glassware, shirts and shields are the preferred mediums.

Das Ist Lustig: Translated to That's Fun, Das Ist Lustig is a Houston-based band performing everything from German to Dutch to American folk music. Their instruments of choice: spoons, accordions, cowbells, the Bavarian xylophone, washboard and (believe it or not) more.

Oskar Hasselhoff's School of Sword: Master Hasselhoff, a well-known tournament sword fighter, will deliver an exciting presentation as well as offer instruction to adults and children.

Street Characters: Brush shoulders with folks dressed as peasants, wenches, pirates barbarians and knights. And marvel at their unwavering ability to remain in full character under any circumstances.

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