Oktoberfest moves to PNC Field for weekend of fun
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.”