Bentonville, AR - Oktoberfest was held at the downtown square and featured bratwurst eating and yodeling contests, medieval knight sword fighting demonstrations, live music, and much more.
First Friday Oktoberfest, hosted by Downtown Bentonville, Inc., was held October 1 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Huge crowds attended the family-friendly festival that featured something for everyone.
Earlier in the day, attendees were treated to music by Naturally Brass and the Bentonville High School Choir. A Community Chicken Dance was also held.
When DigitalJournal.com arrived on the scene during the evening session, the brat eating contest was just beginning in the PepsiCo Mug Root Biergarten. Six brave souls participated in a context to see who could eat four brats in the shortest amount of time.
Brats with and without saurkraut. Oktoberfest. Bentonville, Ark. Oct. 1, 2010.
The brat eating contest was followed by a performance by the Chris Rybak Band. Chris Rybak, the “Accordion Cowboy,” his wife Edita and guitar-playing friend, James, performed “Rybak's eclectic mix of Cajun, country and Tex-Mex music with the traditional sounds of polka.”
Medieval knights in a sword fight at Oktoberfest. Bentonville, Ark. Oct. 2, 2010.
Dozens of vendors had booths at the event including the Bentonville Park and Recreation Department, Girl Scouts, and the Bentonville Public Schools Foundation. There were also a number of activities especially for children including pony rides, inflatable slides, face painting, and a train ride.