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OktoberWest returns Saturday to bring city German flair

OktoberWest returns to the West Side on Saturday with more than 100 craft brews, food and live music. (WCHS/WVAH)

Hundreds of visitors will lift their glasses of brew this weekend on the West Side and have a chance to try their hand at keg rolling, stein holding and traditional dress contests.

OktoberWest returns Saturday, Sept. 29, to the 200 block of Washington Street West, according to information posted online by organizers. Festival-goers will have a chance to sample more than 100 craft brews, try food from vendors and listen to live music

Billed as West Virginia’s largest traditional German Octoberfest and among the largest craft beer festivals in the state, the celebration raises funds for Charleston’s West Side programs, public art and other community and economic revitalization projects.

Tickets may be purchased online here and at the gate. General admission is $35 and includes six 12-ounce beer tickets and access to the concerts. Nondrinker tickets may be purchased for $20 for designated drivers or attendees ages 13 to 30. This ticket also includes access to the concerts.

Meanwhile, tickets for children 12 and under may be purchased for $10. This includes access to the kids’ zone and concerts. Children 2 or under must remain in a stroller.

All ticket prices increase $5 at the gate. Gates open at 4 p.m. and close at 9 p.m.

Bands that will perform at the festival are the Voodoo Katz, 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, 5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m.; and Lucky Chops, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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