If there’s one thing to expect from this year’s Oktoberfest in Southlake Town Square, it’s “German.”The Southlake Chamber of Commerce plans to enhance the German feel at this year’s festival, which runs from Friday to Sunday.“There’s been a very diligent effort to German-ize the event,” said Mark Guilbert, Southlake Chamber of Commerce chairman.After 12 years of hosting the event, Guilbert said feedback from past visitors has suggested a desire for more Deutschland in the festivities.Some of the staples will still be present including beer, music, children activities, and of course, the wiener dog race.Last year more than 180 dachshunds packed Town Square for competitive sprints. This year the races continue with a wiener dog costume parade on Saturday morning.Aside from the wieners, there will be other types of sausages too. The weekend will feature German food and beer.The weekend is packed with entertainment including various musical acts, a battle of the bands and even a German circus. There will also be vendors displaying and selling arts and crafts, pottery and handmade jewelry.The festival drew about 50,000 people last year.
Dustin L. Dangli, 817-390-7770