Sat February 22, 2014
Tis the Season of Bockfest
The snow is melting and the Season of Bockfest is upon us! Sausages have been stuffed, our local Beer Barons have tapped their latest Bock Beer creations, and dozens of enthusiastic young women (and men) have been nervously preparing for the day they may be crowned Little Kings Sausage Queen.
The 22nd Annual Bockfest takes place the first full weekend in March, as it does every year, as a celebration of the coming of spring in Cincinnati. On Friday, March 7th, the celebration kicks off with the region's most ridiculous parade complete with Bocking Dogs, the Bocking Dead, a giant Trojan Goat, regular-size live goats, the Whip Wench, a motorized bathtub on wheels, and so much more. The parade will step off at 6pm in front of Cincinnati's oldest saloon, Arnold's Bar & Grill, head north along Main Street into Over the Rhine, and conclude at Bockfest Hall (a.k.a., the Christian Moerlein Brewery & Tap Room) with the traditional Blessing of the Bock.
On Saturday morning, those who return from the Bocking Dead may participate in the Bockfest 5K. It starts at 10am and wraps with a finish line party at Bockfest Hall that includes live music by Hot Magnolias and Chuck Brisbin & the Tuna Project followed by WNKU's Unreal, Surreal Elaine Diehl filling in for the Real Mary Peale and broadcasting live from Noon to 4pm...for real. You'll want to see this in person (Elaine promises to wear her dirndl), but if you can't make it, you can listen live on the radio.
Of course, the party doesn't end there. Stick around, because later that evening, the bell will ring for the championship round of the 2014 Little Kings Sausage Queen pageant, upon completion of which, the new Sausage Queen of Bockfest will be crowned. Afterwards, thousands of revelers will either stick around to sample the beers of Bockfest Hall or spill out into the streets of Over the Rhine where dozens of cozy neighborhood bars will welcome guests, each with their own spin on the bock-analian celebration.
So, put it on the calendar and join WNKU as we celebrate Bockfest 2014. And, if you can't be there in person, tune into WNKU on Saturday, March 8th from noon until 4 for great music and a listen in on what goes on during a typical Bockfest weekend.
Production and audio support for WNKU's live broadcast from Bockfest Hall comes from Event Enterprises, LLC.