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Oktoberfest Returning to Michigan City

(Michigan City, IN) - Michigan City Special Events is proud to announce the entertainment line-up for the return of Michigan City's most requested event, Oktoberfest.


The four-day festival in Washington Park over Labor Day weekend will feature over 40 music and entertainment groups, as well as local and regional food, art, craft, and merchandise vendors.


"We are so excited to bring back Oktoberfest to our great city," said Mayor Duane Parry. "This event was the highlight of the summer for many years, and I know everyone has missed it as much as I have."


Entertainment will be spread over three stages. The NIPSCO Music Tent, the Sunset Pavilion, and the Sunset Rooftop will feature a variety of entertainment options throughout the weekend.


Each area will have a full bar, and there will be plenty of food options for all tastes.


Terry Greetham, Director of Michigan City Special Events, said he's confident the entertainment line-up will draw great crowds. He remembers when the Oktoberfest was the event of the year in Michigan City. 


"It is going to take us some time to build it back up to that level, but I believe this year's event will have a little something for everyone with a wide variety of music and vendors. This first year back will lay the foundation for what I hope is a growing event for many years to come," Greetham said.


Oktoberfest will also feature a Kids Sand Zone, with all the tools and toys needed to build sandcastles and daily lessons in sandcastle building by sand sculptor Janet Moore Schrader, winner of the Singing Sands Sand Sculpting Festival Semi-Pro category in June.


Well-known caricature artist Roger Hurtado from Chicago will be on hand as well as other kids' activities. Family hours are 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.


In addition, the Great Lakers Car Club will also hold a car show on Sunday, September 4.


Oktoberfest starts Friday, September 2, and runs through Monday, September 5. Event hours are 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm Friday through Sunday and 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm Monday.


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