Games, Competitions, 5K

The intense demeanor of the MassKrug Carry competitors…the electric atmosphere of the Dachshund Dash (aka Wiener Dog Race)…the icy stare of determination as the first barrel is rolled out in Der Bier Barrel Race… the awkward stance of the Strong Stein…the bloated look of the competitors chomping down on brats: Welcome to the Linde Oktoberfest Tulsa Games and Competitions!

MassKrug Relay Races

Don’t cry over spilled beer! Traditionally one of the most accessible Oktoberfest games for novices, the Krug Carry contestants are scored on speed AND spillage. Carrying up to 35 pounds of beer quickly and safely across the course can be difficult, but the FREE swag at the end of the competition hopefully makes it worth the effort! Watch professional servers show you how in their own Invitational Krug Race Tournament, and then make it work.

NOTE: Competition FREE to enter, but pre-registration required and admission ticket must be purchased separately
Oktoberfest Games Arena, 3:20 PM on Saturday afternoon, right after the 3:00 Glockenspiel performance!

Bier Barrel Race 

The Games Arena becomes our own center of the universe Saturday at 1 PM for true fans of the beer keg. Why? Because it is ground zero for the legendary Bier Barrel Race! The intense back-and-forth barrel-rolling action is enough to make anyone dizzy with excitement. The race involves teams rolling empty wooden barrels around a course, and the fastest time wins. Points deducted for straying off course and knocking over spectators.

NOTE: Competition is FREE to enter, but pre-registration required and admission ticket must be purchased separately
Oktoberfest Games Arena, 1:20 PM on Saturday afternoon, right after the 1:00 Glockenspiel performance!

Bavarian Strong Stein Competition

Do you have what it takes to Hoist one of our MassKrugs for serious swag?  Are you Bavarian Strong? This competition of strength pits contestants against beer steins…as in, “How long can you hold out 34 ounces of beer?” The best part? You can win some serious swag!

Preliminary competitions will occur throughout the event – check the entertainment schedule.
Pre-registration is necessary to compete in the Bavarian Strong Stein finals, and will be active soon.  Preliminary competitions will pull willing (or unwilling) contestants from audiences.

Finals will be nationally televised (YouTube) on Sunday, 4:00 PM in Warsteiner EssZelt.

The Dachshund Dash – Watch Your Weiner Run!

Wiener dogs are already funny to look at. Now try watching over 40 of them zig, zag, jump, and generally get confused in a test of speed and intelligence! Ok, we’re being dramatic. The pups just need to run 150 feet from one end of the Dash to the other. Do you have dachshund with a need for speed and a nose for the finish line? Sound easy enough? Start training your wiener dog now! Dogs wear numbered Hot Dog Bun costumes and compete in heats of ten. Dogs in each heat are escorted on leash the full length of the course to encourage wagering by spectators. Winners receive Festival Money and prizes: First – $150 Festival Money and wiener dog hat crown (must be worn throughout Oktoberfest), Second – $100 Festival Money and one-of-a-kind Oktoberfest logo dog bowl, Third – $50 Festival Money and use of the wiener dog outhouse. Winning races will be nationally televised on ESPN (Enter Special Pups Now) network (YouTube).

NOTE: Competition is FREE to enter, but pre-registration required and admission ticket must be purchased separately (dogs get in free).  Click here for a complete set of rules
Oktoberfest Games Arena, 2:20 PM on Sunday afternoon, right after the 2:00 Glockenspiel performance, and following the Dachshund Costume Parade!

Dachshund Costume Parade

This is an incredible way to show off your weiner and your absolute desire to dress them up and take them out.  This costume parade will stop all traffic along the HauptStrasse! Starts at 1:00 PM in Der BierGarten. Prizes for the best costume awarded by our internationally recognized wiener dog costume judging officials.

NOTE: The Costume Parade is FREE to enter, but pre-registration is encouraged and admission ticket must be purchased separately (dogs get in free).
Meet in Der BierGarten at 1:00 PM, process to the Oktoberfest Games Arena for the Races.

Lederhosen Lauf and Brat Trot

Feed your active lifestyle with this great running event, with multiple distance options. And while you’re at it, fill your gullet with beer! That is, if you’re 21 or over. Every finisher will receive a commemorative Stein along with one free 16-oz beverage token. The start and finish of this race will be smack dab in the center of Linde Oktoberfest, at the Oktoberfest Games Arena, and the route takes in a course through the festival grounds.

The Brat Trot One mile Fun Run & Walk will begin at 6:30 p.m. and Lederhosen Lauf 3-Mile will begin at 7 p.m.

NOTE: There is a cost to register, which includes admission, Stein and a 16-oz beverage token.  Pre-registration is required!
Oktoberfest Games Arena, 6:20 PM on Thursday evening, right after the 6:00 PM Glockenspiel performance.

All-Festival Performance of the World Famous Chicken Dance (made famous at the 1981 Tulsa Oktoberfest)

The entire grounds will shake as everyone performs the Chicken Dance at the exact same time throughout the grounds to commemorate the invention of the Chicken Dance back in 1981, right here at Oktoberfest! The name of the original Swiss song was “Der Ententanz” (The Duck Dance), rumored to be a drinking song sung at Oktoberfest. Sometime in the late 1970s, the song acquired the name “Vogeltanz” (The Bird Dance) or “Vogerltanz” (Little Bird Dance or Birdie Dance), although these names never caught on seriously in Germany..

The dance was introduced in the United States in 1981 during the Tulsa, Oklahoma, Oktoberfest. They wanted to demonstrate their love through dance in costumes, but there were no duck costumes available anywhere near Tulsa. At a local television station, however, a chicken costume was available which was donated for use at the festival, giving the “Chicken Dance” its name. This all-fest performance will be followed by a rousing chorus of Walk the Moon’s, “Mund halten einen Tanz” (“Shut Up and Dance!”)!

This is a Group Dance to get every tent rockin’.
Dancing starts at 9:15 PM exactly on Friday and Saturday night, in every tent, on every stage.  Dancing on tables optional.  Aren’t close to one of our stages? Open your mobile device and look up, “Chicken Dance,” and just start dancing!

Home Brew Competition

This competition is open to all home brewers brewing German Pilsner, Dunkel and Oktoberfest Beers. The awards ceremony will be on October 24th at 1pm at the BierGarten Main Stage, and all participants are encouraged to attend. At this time, the winners will be awarded with a trophy prize and their picture will be taken for the website. The monetary prize will be mailed to the recipient no later than 10 days after the Oktoberfest. The prizes will be $150 for the German Pils and Dunkel and $200 for the Oktoberfest brew. A pair of admission tickets will be provided for each person that submits an entry for the contest. The entry fee is $7, and includes admission to Linde Oktoberfest Tulsa. Judging will be Oct 3rd and the deadline for entry is Sept 25th.

NOTE: This competition entry deadline is September 25th.  Pre-registration is mandatory. Click here for more information and to register!
The Home Brew Awards Ceremony is on October 24th at 2:00 PM at Der BierGarten Main Stage

Siegi’s World Championship Bratwurst Eating Championships at Linde Oktoberfest Tulsa

Siegis-WebsiteMajor League Eaters will have an opportunity to throw their weight around in the Warsteiner tent at 5:00 PM on Saturday, October 24, to face down (or face plant) the mighty Siegi’s Bratwurst in a 10-minute, bun-free chowdown challenge. The world record is 70 brats, with the champion using a double-brat technique to stack up the numbers early in the event and plates of five brats wiped clean of their bounty with every passing 30 seconds. It is not pretty but it is beautiful!  And World Champion Joey Chestnut will be here in person to defend his title.  Never been in an eating competition but wanted to try? As a prelude to the Main Event, an Under Card Amateur Championship event will showcase the finest local Tulsa eating talent in a battle for bragging rights. Interested amateur eaters will be able to sign up stage-side immediately before the main event.

Who shall reign this year? Can anyone seize the bratwurst title? Can you? Do you have what it takes—and it takes a lot—to stand at this table on this day and do what you do? This is the Seigi’s World Championship Bratwurst Eating Championships. In the crowd or at the table, don’t miss it!

TOTAL PRIZE PURSE: $4,000! 1st – $2,000, 2nd – $1,000, 3rd – $500, 4th – $350, 5th – $150
Warsteiner EssZelt, 5:00 PM on Saturday afternoon.  

Hammerschlagen Competition

Who will be our inaugural champion in 2015?  The goal- to drive a nail into a cross-section of wood faster than your opponent.
Scheduled competitions at 3:00 PM on Friday and 4:30 PM on Saturday in the Spaten Haus.

Inaugural Bavarian Beard and Mustache Games sponsored by East Village Bohemian Pizza

Enjoy the wild, wooly world of competitive bearding in four hairy categories: Natural Mustache, Natural Partial Beard, Natural Full Beard, and Freestyle. The winner of each category goes head to head for Best of Show! Trophies and prizes will go to the two best fur faces from each category.  This crazy competition is brought to you by the hairy beasts of The Tulsa Beard and Mustache Club and sponsored by our facial hair-loving friends at East Village Bohemian Pizza!
7:00 PM, Friday, October 23, Brewer’s Hall presented by Goose Island