Chattanooga Market Ok­to­ber­fest is ‘Sweet 16’ this week­end

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Break out your leder­ho­sen and dirndl skirts be­cause Chattanooga Market’s 16th an­nual Ok­to­ber­fest is this week­end in First Ten­nessee Pav­il­ion.

The market ex­pands its one-day event into two fun­filled days for this festival of Ger­man cul­ture that draws lo­cals as well as regional visitors.

Visitors will find an ar­ray of Ger­man tra­di­tions: brats, a bier­garten fea­tur­ing more than 99 lo­cal and sea­sonal craft brews, polka mu­sic from the Wurst­brats and even a chicken dance or two.

The festival in­cludes a crown­ing of Mr. and Ms. Chattanooga Ok­to­ber­fest on Saturday evening. En­trants should re­port to the market’s Carter Street stage by 6:30 p.m.

Con­tes­tants will pa­rade be­fore the live au­di­ence, who will de­cide win­ners by pop­u­lar ap­plause. The em­cees will have fi­nal vot­ing rights and crown the win­ners about 7 p.m.

Then ev­ery­one is in­vited to join the beer-drink­ing, chicken-danc­ing party on the front festival pa­tio un­til Ok­to­ber­fest ends Saturday at 8 p.m. Ra­dio per­son­al­ity Ja­son Walker will serve as party host.

Sun­day’s market will add one hour to close at 5 p.m. in­stead of 4 o’clock. The Wurst­brats will again be play­ing.

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