Everyone We Saw at Downtown’s 44th-Annual Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

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The 44th-annual Oktoberfest Zinzinnati returned Sept. 20-22, bringing over 575,000 people from across the Greater Cincinnati area to downtown's Second and Third streets for a wild weekend of German music, dancing, traditions and plenty of food and beer.

As North America’s largest Oktoberfest — second only to the Munich original — things kicked off on Friday at 11 a.m. with the Gemuetlichkeit Games (beer stein races and beer barrel rolls) and the official Oktoberfest keg tapping at noon.

The festivities continued through the weekend with the “World’s Largest Chicken Dance,” German music, over 100 different beer options and thousands of pounds of sauerkraut balls, goetta, cream puffs, bratwurst, pretzels and Limburger cheese.

| Photos by Adam Doty