The Rotary Club of Palatine's fifth annual Oktoberfest started Friday evening in Fireman's Memorial parking lot at Brockway and Slade in downtown Palatine.
Palatine Mayor Jim Schwantz helped get the party started by tapping a firkin of beer.
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The free event continues from noon to midnight Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday
On Saturday, Family Day activities will be from noon to 3:30 p.m.
"Our family day is one of the highlights of the weekend," said Oktoberfest co-chairwoman Cindy Stoeckel. On Sunday, the Rotary Club of Palatine will sell raffle tickets for the chance to win one of 23 baskets each valued at over $500.
"We have a great array of raffle baskets this year, Stoeckel said. Highlights including a Weber Genesis grill and various wine, liquor and merchant baskets. Tickets are $5 each or $20 for 5, and the drawing will be at 4 p.m. Sunday.
The event will have authentic German food from Bauer's Brauhaus, as well as cuisine from Heybeck's Meat Market, Morkes Chocolates and Tre Amici. Mudslingers will have coffee and smoothie creations. Beverages include Schofferhofer and Radenberger as well as a special Oktoberfest brew from The Onion Pub and Brewery in Barrington and a variety of wine. Pop and water, traditional landjager sausages and popcorn will be available.
View a complete schedule at www.palatinerotary.com. Sponsors include the Wild Onion Brewing Co., Palatine Bank & Trust, Mariano's, Palatine Park District, BIK & Co, LLP, and Northwest Community Healthcare. All proceeds will be reinvested in local area nonprofit organizations serving the Palatine and Northwest suburban communities.