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2023 Oktoberfest Festival Downtown Detroit Lakes

Join the fun at the 2023 Oktoberfest Festival as the Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary transforms downtown Detroit Lakes, Minnesota into Little Germany on Saturday, September 30th from 11 am to 7 pm.

Enjoy live music by Dakota Dutchmen, yodeling, a Biergarten by Bucks Mill and The Eagles, German cuisine, kids’ activities, and all the ridiculous games you can handle.

All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit our community through Rotary projects and donations such as Dollars for Scholars, United Way, youth leadership training, community health programs, and more.


  • 11 AM Tapping of the Keg with Mayor, Matt Brenk – Main Stage
  • 11:30 AM Yodeling Instruction with Blu Kanu – Main Stage
  • NOON-3 PM Kid’s Crafts, Face Painting, Games and Prizes – Games Area
  • 12:30 PM Yodeling Contest with Blu Kanu – Main Stage
  • 1-3 PM Accordion Music with Ethel Duenow, Kim Kratzke and Corrine Pfeifer – Main Stage
  • 1-4 PM Pumpkin Carving Contest Voting (Bring your pumpkin already carved by 1 PM) – South Fence Side
  • 1 PM Stein Racing Obstacle Course – Games Area
  • 2-4 PM Bavarian Bingo – The Eagles
  • 2 PM Stein Holding Contest – Games Area
  • 2:30 PM Sausage Toss – Games Area
  • 3 PM – Coronation of Oktoberfest King & Queen For Best Costume – Main Stage
  • 3-6 PM The Dakota Dutchman – Main Stage
  • 5 PM Pumpkin Carving Winners Announced – Main Stage
  • 5 PM Chicken Dance Competition – Main Stage
  • 6 PM German Spelling Bee – Main Stage
  • $25 Ages 21+ includes limited edition stein + FREE 1st pour
  • $10 Ages 13+ includes gate admission only
  • FREE Kids 12 and under are free
MEET OUR HOSTS HEINRICH & HEIDI - Detroit Lakes Oktoberfest

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Also known as Andy and Sandy Lia, these two local legends have emceed Tuxes and Tails and The Splash Awards and they volunteer their time with the Big Brother Sister Program and The Patriot Dogs.

Andy, a long-time Rotarian, led an illustrious career as the Sports Director at KDLM. He’s the voice that brought cheers and excitement to our local sports scene for countless seasons.

Sandy brought compassion and warmth to her 40-year role at Ecumen leading events and fundraisers. She was instrumental in the success of the “Make Our Community Alzheimer’s Friendly” initiative and Playhouse 412. Between Andy’s voice and Sandy’s energy, this is sure to be an event for the books.

About The Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary
Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary is a community service organization that is part of Rotary International, a global network of volunteers who are committed to making the world a better place. Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary meets every Thursday at noon at the Holiday Inn in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota1. Some of the projects and events that Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary is involved in are:

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