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The Fiserv Forum plaza will host Milwaukee Oktoberfest as its first-ever event.

Bucks announce Oktoberfest as first event on new arena plaza

The Milwaukee Bucks have announced that the ninth annual Milwaukee Oktoberfest will be the first event on the plaza outside the Fiserv Arena.

The free event, a German-style beer and food festival, is slated to take place Oct. 5-7 and will include a bratwurst-eating contest, live polka music, a stein-hoisting competition (it's harder than it looks!), a wiener dog contest, a Miss Oktoberfest competition, a cornhole tournament and music from The Klaberheads and The Mike Schneider Band.

"We are excited to make Milwaukee Oktoberfest the first-ever event on the plaza outside of our world-class arena," said Milwaukee Bucks President Peter Feigin Tuesday. "We are committed to making the plaza a fun destination, and this family-friendly event will start it off in a great way."

The event will take place from 5 until 11 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5; 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7.

In previous years, the Milwaukee Oktoberfest has been held at Cathedral Square Park, down at the lakefront and at Pere Marquette Park, around the corner from the arena plaza.

"We look forward to holding Milwaukee Oktoberfest on the plaza," said Michael Sampson, owner of Swarmm Events, which is organizing the event.

"German restaurants, bars and architecture can be seen across our great city, so it is important for us to keep this event moving forward and to continue growing each year."

For more information, visit milwaukeeoktoberfest.com.


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