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German beer, schnitzel and strudel abound at Oktoberfest in Choctaw

Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 12:00:00 am

If you’ve made The Better Life Blog’s to-the-east rounds this week, you’ve learned about Czech history in Prague, as well as that of the Native Americans in Shawnee. Now it’s time to turn our attention to the Germans, specifically its annual Oktoberfest.

The Old Germany Restaurant, which opened in 1976, started the tradition in Choctaw that now is hosted by the restaurant, the City of Choctaw and the Choctaw Chamber and includes nine days of celebrating all things German – food, beer, wine, live music and dancing included. About 40,000-50,000 people attend the event in the 160-acre Choctaw Creek Park. The next Oktoberfest where beer, schnitzels and strudel will be served up, will be Sept. 4-12. Cost for the family-friendly event is $5, although children under 12 are free.

Overall, though, Choctaw is so close to the metro area that many of the things to do include what you would do in Oklahoma City, but here are some places to visit specific to the community in eastern Oklahoma County:

  • Choctaw Creek Park is the largest park in Choctaw and has a pond that offers fishing, horse trails, a playground, pavilions for rental and a disc-golf course. In addition to Oktoberfest, the park also hosts the Haunted Trails at Halloween.
  • Ten-Acre Lake offers fishing on a stocked lake, outdoor adventures, a playground, picnic tables and a pavilion for special events.
  • Cool off this summer by visiting the Barrel Springs Splash Pad in the heart of Choctaw’s Old Town District. Parents can hang out on picnic tables while children play in the fountain.

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