George Takei to Lead Chicken Dance at OKTOBERFEST ZINZINNATI
Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, producers of Oktoberfest Zinzinnati presented by Hillshire Farm and Sam Adams today announced the festival's Grand Marshal and unveiled new enhancements to the annual event which has become known as America's Oktoberfest. More than half a million visitors are expected to converge in a six-block area of downtown to eat, drink, be merry and celebrate their German heritage. The festival is America's largest Oktoberfest celebration and second in the world only to Munich.
NEW Grand Marshal: Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is pleased to have George Takei presiding over the weekend long festivities. Takei's most important role will be to lead revelers in the World's Largest Chicken Dance. He has more than 40 feature films and hundreds of television roles to his credit, received a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame; however, is best known for his most famous role as Sulu on the original Star Trek TV series in addition to six subsequent movies that paid homage to the original show. His recent projects include a musical,Allegiance as well as the book "O Myyy! There Goes the Internet". Takei will lend his voice to the CSO the same weekend of Oktoberfest as narrator for The Final Frontier performances at Cincinnati's Music Hall.
NEW Expanded Friday Hours/September 20: Friday events will continue as usual with the Running of the Wieners at noon on Fountain Square. At 5:00 p.m., most traditional Oktoberfest activities will be open to the public including food and beer vendors and entertainment. That will also be the time the Gemütlichkeit Games begin that will feature teams of local media (barrel rolling, beer stein races, etc.). The Friday opening is a first in Oktoberfest history.
NEW Oktoberfest/CVG Welcome/September 20: An unofficial start to Oktoberfest Zinzinnati begins the morning of September 20 with Bavarian food sampling and the Pete Wagner Schnapps Band playing for visitors traveling in for Oktoberfest and for the Green Bay Packers vs. Bengals game that weekend. Festivities begin at 8:30 a.m.