Ok­to­ber­fest moves to PNC Field for week­end of fun

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dishes— suchas­bratwurst and­schnitzel­sand­wiches— fromAlpineInc. Wurst& Meat Hou­seinHones­dale. Butguests al­so­can­dig into foodreg­u­larly foun­datPNCField, in­clud­ing bar­be­cue­and­na­chos.

“We’re try­ing to cast a wider net, try­ing to ap­peal to all crowds,” said Rich Kloss, Leg­ends’ gen­eral man­ager. “There’s going to be peo­ple com­ing for the Ger­man food and beer, but at the same time there might be peo­ple tag­ging along with them that might not­want that.”

Live entertainment will fill the­week­end, too, in­clud­ing re­turn­ing fa­voriteRomy, a Ger­man singer; Joe Stanky & His Cadets; Schützengig­gles; John Stevens’ Dou­bleshot and John Stanky& the Coalmin­ers. Pa­trons can test their strength in the pe­ri­odic beer stein- hold­ing con­tests or check out the var­i­ous ven­dors, a newad­di­tion that in­cludes LuLaRoe, Tarot for Liv­ing, Ger­man Gift Chalet, Spring Hill Ser­vices, Jerky Hut, Green Moun­tain En­ergy, Cigars on State, VIP Im­prints andWal­len­pau­pack Brew­ing Co.

While reg­is­tra­tion for the wiener dog races has ended, vis­i­tors still can watch the dogs try to best each other sev­eral times dur­ing the week­end: 3 and 6 p. m. to­day, noon, 3, 6 and 9 p. m. Satur­day and noon and 3 p. m. Sun­day. It’s a “bit of a spec­ta­cle” that’s fun to watch, Lopera said.

“Last year, we had thou­sands of peo­ple up in the stands and around the track look­ing,” he said. “Peo­ple just get re­ally happy. The dogs are al­ways so happy to get out and run, and this year they’ll get to run in green grass in the field.”

OnSatur­day, theLeder­ho­sen 5Kbe­gins at noon, and the $ 20 reg­is­tra­tion fee in­cludes ad­mis­sion to Ok­to­ber­fest plus post- race beer fromWal­len­pau­pack Brew­ingCo. Run­ners can reg­is­ter in ad­vance at scran­ton­run­ning. com or atPNCField the day of the race from11 to 11: 45 a. m. The race is open to ages 21 and older, and the first 150 reg­is­trants also re­ceive a short- sleeved tech shirt.

Kloss said he ex­pects PNC Field to “bring a good vibe” to the event.

“I’m just ex­cited to see how­peo­ple take to it at the newv­enue,” he said. “I think it’s going to be awe­some. ... It’s not just in a parking lot, you know? We’re uti­liz­ing the­w­hole venue.”

Peo­ple not on­lyen­joythat Ok­to­ber­fest is a three- day, 21- and- older event­but also the authenticity of it, Lopera said.

“We al­ways try to make it some­thing au­then­tic for peo­ple,” he said. “It’s not just a beer party.”

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