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Deadwood's Annual Oktoberfest Celebration: Beer, Brats and Unique Competitions


Deadwood, S.D. (09/08/16) - Polka, wiener dogs, beer, brats, beer barrel games and the Tour de Oktoberfest - it's Oktoberfest weekend in Deadwood. The historic community brings the German celebration to the Black Hills Sept. 29 - Oct. 1, and with it a whole lot of crowd-pleasing fun.

Deadwood's famous Wiener Dog Races return to Deadwood's Historic Main Street for Oktoberfest, along with bratwurst giveaways, German food cook-off, Beer Barrel Games and the Tour de Oktoberfest, which includes Oktoberfest-themed games at downtown locations. 

Registration is now open for teams to participate in the Beer Barrel Games and other contests, as well as the Wiener Dog Races. Short-legged Daschunds run like Olympic sprinters through Deadwood's Main Street race course. The winning dogs receive, among other things, a trophy topped with a giant hot dog. The Wiener Dog Races are open to two classes of dogs - mini and standard. Many of the participants, and even their owners, come dressed in costume - the dog with the best costume walks away a winner.

"We may be a few miles from Munich, Germany, but we bring their love of Oktoberfest to our backyard for a weekend of great fun," said Lee Harstad, executive director of the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce. "Our crowds and participants for the weekend continue to grow, and the Tour de Oktoberfest, with a great prize line-up enticing, is more popular each year. Oktoberfest is indeed a fall celebration, and a great time to come and visit."

You'll see people rolling kegs, racing with trays of full beer glasses, hurling footlong brats through the air and holding beer steins in outstretched arms in a game of endurance. Other events in the Beer Barrel Games include the beer stein race, hammering nails, keg roll, wiener toss and more. Many of Deadwood's businesses also get into the spirit of Oktoberfest. They offer their own German music and Oktoberfest-themed specials and giveaways. Deadwood Mountain Grand will host ROCKtoberfest on Friday, Sept. 30, as Big & Rich will take their stage at 9 p.m., following the Tour de Oktoberfest.

For more information or to register for one of the events, contact the Deadwood Chamber at (605) 578-1876 or 800-999-1876, or visit


Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016
5-9pm: PolkaFest at the Martin & Mason Hotel Ballroom

Friday, Sept. 30, 2016
Noon-4pm: PolkaFest at the Martin & Mason Hotel Ballroom
3-5:30 pm: Registration for the Tour de Oktoberfest at Oyster Bay
4-8pm: Tour de Oktoberfest - Visit locations throughout Deadwood's Main Street for games. Plenty of prizes including bar tabs and free rooms! Turn your score cards in by 8:15pm.
5-9pm: PolkaFest at the Martin & Mason Hotel Ballroom
8:30pm: Tour de Oktoberfest awards at Oyster Bay
9pm: Big & Rich Concert at Deadwood Mountain Grand's Event Center.
Open Containers allowed from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday!

Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016
11am: Registration for the Wiener Dog Races on Main Street in front of Mustang Sallys
Noon: Brat giveaway and beer sampling at 777 Lounge at the Holiday Inn Express
Noon-4pm: PolkaFest at the Martin & Mason Hotel Ballroom
1pm: The 10th Annual Wiener Dog Races kick-off on Main Street in front of The Bullock Hotel
1-4pm: Weim, Wine & Cheese in front of the Saloon No. 10 - Wine and cheese tasting, family pet photos
2pm: Registration for Beer Barrel Games in front of the Gold Dust
2-4pm: German Cook-Off at locations throughout Deadwood
3pm: 11th Annual Beer Barrel Games kick-off on Main Street in front of the Gold Dust
6pm: Beer Barrel Game Awards at Saloon #10
Open Containers allowed from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday! 


2015 Images:
Deadwood's Oktoberfest



Amanda Kille
Deadwood Chamber of Commerce
Phone: 605-578-1876