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8/1/2022 1:29:54 PM General
Inaugural Oktoberfest Brings Craft Beer to Marion

The Marion Chamber is proud to announce a new event coming to metro area. Oktoberfest, presented by Sheets Forrest Draper Insurance, will be held Saturday, September 17, 2022 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Oktoberfest will feature 25 breweries from Iowa and surrounding areas sampling a wide variety of styles. Each brewery will have representatives on hand to visit with and educate fans on their beers. Attendees will also enjoy live music and traditional German games.

The event will take place in Uptown Marion on 7th Avenue and City Square Park. Each attendee will receive a commemorative tasting glass, access to samples, and complimentary water.

“We are excited for this inaugural event bringing craft beer enthusiasts together,” said Jill Ackerman, Marion Chamber President. “Marion’s new Uptown festival-street area and restaurant scene make it a great environment for the festival.”

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Winter Lights program which helps fund Marion’s community beautification during the holiday season. Oktoberfest will also benefit the Iowa Brewer’s Guild which works to showcase and improve the quality of beer brewed in Iowa and supports the promotion of the local brewing community.

Traditional German games will be held at City Square Park in Celebration Tent, sponsored by Skogman Homes. Attendees can try their hand at the stein holding contest and hammerschlagen. Awards will be presented at the end of the day.

General admission tickets are $40 and includes access to breweries beginning at Noon, a commemorative tasting glass, complimentary water, and participation in games at Celebration Tent.

An exclusive VIP ticket, sponsored by Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust, is available for $50. It will include 11:00 am access to brewers including limited run offerings and swag items, a Premium Oktoberfest tasting glass, complimentary water, and participation in games at Celebration Tent.

Tickets are now on sale at EventBrite.com or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/marion-oktoberfest-tickets-383602133307. Must be 21 years of age to participate, tickets and IDs will be scanned at the entrance to the event.

For more information visit marioncc.org or call 319-377-6316.