Grand Central Oktoberfest coming this month

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St. Pete will go German for a day later this month. On Saturday, September 20, the Grand Central District will be transformed into an Octoberfest wonderland for an all-day event featuring live music, German-themed games and, of course, beer.

Beers will include Pair O’Dice Nina Wit, a Belgium-style white ale, Becks and various brews from 3 Daughters brewing. For the not-so-adventurous, the usual Budweiser options will be available too.

Live music will feature local artists Rebekah Pulley, Have Gun Will Travel, Chasing Jonah, Emily Kopp and more.

And if you’re feeling jealous about not being on stage, there’s a yodeling contest too.

The day will also include a Stein holding contest. It’s not for the faint of drinking-arms. Contestants hold a stein of beer that weighs about five pounds with arms extended for as long as they possibly can. The last man still holding the brew up in the air wins.

Of course, the losers will be left with a cold beer while the winner may be stuck with a warm one. Who is really winning here?

For all of you guys out there with bar wench fetishes, there will also be a costume contest sure to include blondes in pigtails, plaid skirts and knee-highs.

The event is a fundraiser for the Grand Central Association. It’s free, but the beer is not.

The organization suggests bringing lawn chairs or blankets and plenty of sunscreen. Pets and coolers aren’t allowed.

Oktoberfest is sponsored by the Tampa Tribune, Great Bay Distributors, Florida Print Solutions and webtivity.

A complete lineup of bands and contests as well as food and beer vendors is on the St. Pete Oktoberfest’s website.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email