For the 30th anniversary of Oktoberfest, the Savannah Riverfront Association wanted to bring new features and mimick the celebration in Munich, Germany, more than ever.
"To celebrate our 30th annual Oktoberfest, eight teams from River Street bars/restaurants will be sending their top athletes to compete in the first annual Das Rennen on River Street," said Leigh Anne DiVito, Savannah Riverfront's event marketing manager. "This includes a Stein Race, Keg Roll and Teenie Weenie Race."
For the Stein Race, competitors will carry as many steins as possible filled to the brim with beer to the finish line.
The team with the most beer left in the steins will be crowned the winner.
For the Keg Roll Race, each competitor will be paired with a full keg they must roll down a part of River Street and back.
Lastly, the Teenie Weenie Relay Race will feature a team of two kids made up of family members or friends of the competing business.
The first weenie will run in full hot dog costume to their partner, trade off the costume, and then the second weenie will try to cross the finish line first.
"A scoreboard on the Rousakis Plaza stage will be kept all weekend and an official award ceremony will take place on Oct. 6 at 1 p.m.," DiVito said.
Oktoberfest has grown into the second-largest event on River Street behind St. Patrick's Day.
"It's become our second-largest event because it is known for the great food, live music, the famous Weiner Dog Races, beautiful arts and crafts booths and fun activities for families to enjoy," DiVito said.
There will also be tons of music throughout the day and evening, this year featuring local favorite Eric Culberson on Oct. 4 and Brave Baby on Oct. 5.
"One of our goals this year was to feature more local and regional bands. So just when you think you may be oompah'ed out, we will have these great performances closing out the night," DiVito said.
To kick things off in traditional Munich style, an official cask tapping will take place at 5 p.m. Oct. 4 during the opening ceremonies, featuring Red Hare, a Georgia brewery.
DiVito also shared other new authentic touches for 2013's event.
"This year we have added the dÃ©cor of a more traditional beer garden," she said. "A Maypole will be set up, blue and white diamond tablecloths on the tables and a lot of string lights. We have also added servers to the beer garden so you can sit back and relax at the tables."
Souvenir mugs can be purchased at any of the Southern Eagle Distributing beverage booths, and a selection of Krombacher products, one of the largest privately owned breweries in Germany, will provide dark, pilsner and Hefeweizen brews along with some domestic choices.
Of course, no Oktoberfest would be complete without some traditional German cuisine, so Savannah's new German restaurant Bier Haus is working on a traditional German menu. Edelweiss and Bayou CafÃ© will also be out serving up a mixed menu of German and non-German items.
DiVito encourages the community to come together for the event.
"We will have sing-along sheets available so you can raise your stein and sway to the classic German songs," she said.