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Oktoberfest in Berea

Bier gartens, celebrity keg tapping, microbrew competitions, and the 5K bier run all contribute to the sense-altering bliss of everyone's favorite German tradition: Oktoberfest! (Don't let the name fool you: After all that alcohol, you'd get your months and spelling messed up too; and don't even get us started on glockenspiel.) In any case, words hardly do justice to this traditional Bavarian folk rave happening this weekend at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in Berea — complete with polka, puppets, and a performance by the Cleveland Pops. For more sober souls, there are wiener dog races and a display of sand-castle sculptures, neither of which have anything to do with bier. You can also enter the massive cornhole competition for the chance to square off against a mystery pair of radio personalities from WKNR. Suitable suds sops to be served include wienerschnitzel, bratwurst, hot dogs, and pizza. The festival kicks off tonight at 5. Hours on Saturday and Sunday are noon to midnight, and Monday's hours are noon to 9 p.m. Tickets are $8 online and $10 at the gate. Visit the website for a complete lineup of activities. — Phil Barnes 164 Eastland Rd., 440-364-4991,

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