Join the Oktoberfest Celebration at the Detroit Zoo!

ROYAL OAK, Mich., Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ — It’s time to don your lederhosen and polish your steins! The third annual Oktoberfest is returning to the Detroit Zoo on September 23, 2005. The three-day celebration will feature German style food, live entertainment, children’s activities and a beer garden for adults.

The scents of delicious German fare will fill the air as Zoo chefs prepare and serve such delectable dishes as Bavarian chicken, potato pancakes and Black Forest Tortes. Performances by The Polka Band, the Dave Slivinksi Band, the Wawel Folk Ensemble, and the Oerhlein Bavarian Dancers will keep the party going throughout the weekend.

Oktoberfest is a celebration for the entire family, and fun-filled activities for children will abound. A children’s play area will open at noon Saturday and Sunday, with puppet shows, moon walks and parades to entertain the young and young at heart. There will be plenty of activities for adults as well, including three-legged races and root beer races on Saturday and Sunday.

The event times for Oktoberfest are Friday, September 23, 2005 from 6-11 p.m., Saturday, September 24 from noon-11 p.m., and Sunday, September 25 from noon-7 p.m. Tickets are now on sale and will be available at the door for $5 per person, ages 2 and up, in addition to regular Zoo admission.

For more information on Oktoberfest and other Zoo events, please visit our website at , or call (248) 398-0900.

The Detroit Zoological Institute is comprised of the Detroit Zoo and the Belle Isle Nature Zoo. The Institute, founded in 1928, is committed to celebrating and saving wildlife. Situated on 125 acres of naturalistic exhibits, the Detroit Zoo is open year round with several indoor viewing areas. The Detroit Zoo is located at the intersection of Ten Mile Road and Woodward Avenue, just off I-696 in Royal Oak. Admission is $11.00 for adults 13 to 62; $9.00 for senior citizens 62 and older and $7.00 for students ages 2 to 12; and children under two are free. For more information call (248) 398-0900 or visit . The Belle Isle Nature Zoo is located on Belle Isle Park in Detroit. The Nature Zoo is currently under construction but some family programming takes place on the weekends with advance reservations by calling (313) 852-4056. The Detroit Zoological Society works to promote the general welfare and interests of the Detroit Zoological Institute. Financial support has allowed the Zoo to expand its animal collection, open new exhibits, and implement major beautification projects. To help the Detroit Zoological Society through financial support, partnership opportunities, membership, or volunteering, please call (248) 541-5717.

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