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'Bark in the Park' Oktoberfest debuts at Wannamaker County Park Oct. 19
9/22/2014 2:41:03 PM

What better way to celebrate Oktoberfest than with man’s best friend? On Sunday, Oct. 19, Charleston County Parks introduces a new dog-friendly Bavaria festival, called Bark in the Park! Oktoberfest at Wannamaker County Park.

This costume-friendly event – for both people and their pets – will offer exhibits, demonstrations, experts, entertainment and much more. Plus, enjoy an Oktoberfest atmosphere with live Oompah music, tasty German dishes, and of course plenty of beer. Food and beverage vendors will be on site in the park. Bark in the Park! Oktoberfest will run from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Oct. 19.

Performing live in the park will be The Gootman Sauerkraut Band. Formed in 1973, the Gootman Sauerkraut band is known as one of the South’s finest Bavarian bands. The four-to-six piece group dresses in authentic costume and incorporates alp horn, yodeling, alpine bells and even a “singing saw” into their entertainment. In addition to typical German music, the Gootman Sauerkraut Band also plays a variety of other modern musical styles. The group has toured throughout the eastern United States since 1973.

Bark in the Park! Oktoberfest will also feature pet contests, including a pet costume competition, and Swift Paws lure chasing, which allows dogs the opportunity to run on a lure race course. Dog-related vendors as well as several non-profit rescue groups will also be on site throughout the event, so pet owners are encouraged to stop by to support these great organizations.

Pets at the festival will need to be leashed or restrained when not in the Wannamaker dog park. Outside food, beverages and coolers are not permitted. A photo ID is required to purchase alcohol.

Admission to Bark in the Park! Oktoberfest is $8 per dog. Humans and Gold Pass Holders are free of charge. This event is brought to you by Coca-Cola, Bota Box Wines, Crews Subaru and your Charleston County Parks.

Other upcoming dog-friendly events in Charleston County Parks include the season’s final Pups, Yups & Food Trucks at Mount Pleasant Palmetto Islands County Park on Sept. 25 and Oct. 23, and Yappy Hour at James Island County Park on Oct. 16. For more information on Bark in the Park! Oktoberfest or any Charleston County Park event, call (843) 795-4386 or visit

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