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Wilkommen zum (Welcome everyone) to Oktoberfest! As the North Texas autumn cools, we are readying Walnut Street for the 2015 Oktoberfest on Walnut, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 2 from 5 to 11 pm. The free-entry event sports an expanded and improved street layout, and the new beer-tent concept will add more enjoyment to the ultimate block party, sponsored by Ben E. Keith, Frenchy's, Ed Steele Photography, and many downtown businesses sharing this part of Historic Downtown Denton. Look for the fun Nagel Shlagen (nail hammering), stein hoisting, children and adult costume contests, and eclectic, live music featuring headliner High School Caesar. Opening ceremony is at 6 pm, with tapping of the firkin soon after. More than a dozen booths will offer merchandise, including the Pan Ector T-Shirt Shop, and Tranquility Artisans, along with face painting by Nora Susko. All the best festival food Denton has to offer will be there including brats, pretzels, apple strudel, and food truck cuisine, such as the Waffle Wagon. For drinking-age adults, beer tickets and wristbands will be required and will be available at the Ticket Tent, adjacent to the Beer Tent. You may see some of your favorite Walnut and Mulberry Street businesses offering their best at Oktoberfest on Walnut, such as: Sweetwater Grill & Tavern, Beth Marie's Old Fashioned Ice cream, LSA Burgers, The Loophole, Dusty's, Hailey's, Mulberry Street Cantina, Hannah's off the Square, Chestnut Tree, More Fun Comics, Atomic Candy, and Abbey Inn. 2015 Oktoberfest on Walnut benefits Denton Kiwanis Club Children's Clinic and Walnut off the Square.

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