PA Oktoberfest brings favorite and new events to Mohegan Sun this weekend
Yes, we know: pumpkin ALL the things!
The seasons are so very clearly turning now, which not only means snuggly sweaters, hot soup, and pumpkin-flavored everything, it also means beer. Delicious beer. And despite the fact that it’s only September, Oktoberfest season is here.
The festivities continue this weekend at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Go see some adorable little wiener dogs race their stubby legs off; chug a pitcher or two of an old favorite or try out something new – test your might during the Okto-Beer Pitcher Holding contest. There’s no shortage of fun to be had.
“There is huge German American population base here in Northeast PA,” said Kara Fox-LaRose, assistant general manager at Mohegan, “but an event like Oktoberfest is really just a great way to celebrate the beginning of fall, no matter what your nationality. And fall is certainly a season worth celebrating here in this region – it’s a lovely time of year.”
Each year, the fest grows. This year, a brand new homebrew contest has been added, the dachshund races are now in the center of the action, and new food vendors are in attendance, including the ever-popular What the Fork food truck.
The Strong Man & Woman: Okto-Beer Pitcher Holding Event is a huge draw, occurring at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. It’s far from a drinking game, however – it’s one of strength. Entrants must hold a 64-ounce pitcher of beer with an outstretched arm for as long as possible. Those wishing to participate should report to the second stage area a half hour early before the competition begins.
The competition is actually pretty stiff. On Sunday at 1 p.m., male winners are welcome to challenge Reinhard, a 60-year-old man who has beaten down every person who tried to outlast him in this game.
And, hey you don’t even have to like beer to enjoy Oktoberfest! In fact, Fox-LaRose is actually not much of a brew fan herself.
“Beer is not my personal beverage preference, so I wasn’t sure if this was an event that I would attend as a guest. I encourage anyone who might have the same perspective to attend.
“We offer an array of beverage options beyond the 50 beers and ciders, various local food vendors, and the entertainment is continuous throughout the weekend – and top notch.”
by Sara Pokorny
Sara is a NEPA native, New England transplant - marketing whiz by day, journalist by night. Lover of all things food and fashion.