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Oktoberfest returns to Quincy on Saturday

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Tanis Halfelvin, left, and Bob Hecht race for the finish line during the "0.2k Beer and Brat Dash" at Oktoberfest in this 2016 file photo. The Rotary Club of Quincy sponsored event returns Saturday. | H-W File Photo/Michael Kipley
Michael Kipley
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Oct. 11, 2019 9:50 am Updated: Oct. 12, 2019 3:51 pm

QUINCY -- Each year the Rotary Club of Quincy has hosted Oktoberfest at the Dick Brothers Brewery Complex it changes.

Now in its seventh year, visitors to Saturday's Oktoberfest will see more changes.

This year craft beer tasting will be featured in the new Rathskeller Underground Bar.

"It's the first time this has been open to the public as a whole," said Tracy Orne of the Rotary Club. "That's always part of the excitement and the build of the event. What are we going to see new at the brewery?"

Oktoberfest runs from noon to 10 p.m. on at the brewery complex on York between Ninth and 10th streets. Admission is free with food, beverages and festival events available for purchase.

"It's really a celebration of Quincy's heritage, architecture and of course, I think people are just excited to see the revitalization of a historic area," Orne said.

Proceeds from the event support Rotary Club projects, including the Klingner Trail, literacy, career and technical scholarships, and the Blessings in a Backpack program.

Back for the fifth year is the 0.2k Beer and Brat Dash, where participants consume a cup of beer or soda and a brat while running or walking 0.2 kilometers. Cost for the event is $12 and there will be heats at 3, 5 and 7 p.m.

"At first people wondered what it was all about, but now it's becoming a trend," Orne said. "Everyone wants that '0.2k Beer and Brat Das' sticker, and we've seen a lot of traction on social media about people challenging one another."

Dick Brothers Brewery and Tunnel Tours will be provided until 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Children under 9 are not permitted on the tour.

Craft Brew Tasting in the Rathskeller runs from 4 to 7 p.m. and costs $15 per person.

Entertainment will be provided by Quincy's own Heidelberg German Band at noon and the Uber Cool Band at 5 p.m.

Tickets for the events can be bought on site Saturday or online at quincyrotary.org/oktoberfest.

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