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Originally published Thursday, September 22, 2005 at 12:00 AM

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Fremont Oktoberfest Where: Solstice Plaza at 701 N. 34th St. and the Adobe parking lot next to the Aurora Bridge, Seattle. From Interstate 5 take...

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Fremont Oktoberfest


Where: Solstice Plaza at 701 N. 34th St. and the Adobe parking lot next to the Aurora Bridge, Seattle. From Interstate 5 take the 45th Street exit, head west to Stone Way Avenue North and turn left, heading south to North 34th Street. Parking available in local pay lots.

When: Microbrew Garden and entertainment, 5 p.m.-midnight Friday, 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday; Urban Carnival 3-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday; Kids' Area activities, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Admission: Festival admission free; Microbrew Garden admission, ages 21 and older, ID required, $20 with 5 tasting tokens, $25 with 10 tasting tokens, Happy Hour with 3 additional tasting tokens, 5-6 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-noon Saturday; $8 for designated drivers and other nondrinkers. Brew Ha-Ha run/walk, $20/advance, $25/day of race includes $5 off Microbrew Garden admission.

Getting there: Bicycle, skate or walk via the Burke-Gilman Trail. Metro bus access, all on regular schedules, Routes 26 and 28 stop in downtown Fremont; other area routes are 5, 31 and 46. Contact King County Metro at 206-553-3000 for route info, 206-287-8463 for automated schedule or online at transit.metrokc.gov.

More information: Detailed event listings are available online at www.fremontoktoberfest

.com, or call 206-633-0422.

Usher in autumn with microbrews, zucchini races and the Texas Chainsaw Pumpkin Carving Contest this weekend at the Fremont Oktoberfest. More than 30,000 folks are expected to drop by to celebrate the traditional German brewing season holiday in fun and funky Fremont style.

The Urban Carnival with Ferris wheel and other classic rides for adults and children is a new feature at this year's festival. Kids' Area activities Saturday and Sunday include craft-making, building zucchini race cars to race in the Zucchini 500, food vendors, entertainment and the Root Beer Garden with kid-size tables and chairs.

Oktoberfest's signature event and perennial crowd pleaser, the Texas Chainsaw Pumpkin Carving Contest, splatters pumpkin guts at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Brew Ha-Ha 3-mile run and walk at 9 a.m. Sunday includes the Beer Belly Division, with honored first-starting position for women weighing 160 pounds or more and men over 200 pounds. A souvenir T-shirt is included with the run/walk registration, and proceeds from the event, and the rest of Oktoberfest, benefit Fremont Chamber of Commerce activities.

The first Oktoberfest in Bavaria in 1810 was all about the brewing season, and Fremont carries on that fine tradition with 75 Northwest microbrews on tap at two beer gardens, with music by local bands. Beer garden admission includes a 5-ounce souvenir cup and tokens for beer tastes, with free soft drinks for designated drivers.

The festival also includes a Bavarian Marketplace with 70 local arts and crafts vendors and traditional German food and other cuisine. To avoid traffic and limited parking facilities, arrival by bus, bike or on foot is recommended at this popular event.

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