For the first time ever in its illustrious 46-year history, Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest features three different German bands in a six-week span of an eight-weekend stretch. Each band slated to perform plays a unique blend of traditional German polkas and sing-alongs mixed with classic rock, country hits and dance-floor standards. All three bands create the perfect vibe for a down-to-earth German celebration. Fun competitions and contests at Oktoberfest include log sawing, stein carrying, shoot & yodel, a version of beer pong, and stein holding. Children’s fun and games include kiddy mug holding matches and Midway carnival-style games. Dance troupes perform customary dances, the bratwurst and knockwurst is from a German butcher in Los Angeles, and fresh apple strudel as well as pretzels are delivered weekly from a German bakery in Downey.