CINCINNATI -- We've all known for years that the Queen City's Oktoberfest is wunderbar, but a new ranking from WalletHub confirms our suspicions that Cincinnati's own festival of German-inspired debauchery is the very best in the United States.
More than 500,000 people are expected to head Downtown Friday through Sunday for the annual celebration of German beer, food and music. Check out WCPO's interactive guide to all the fun at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati here.
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WCPO cartoonist Kevin Necessary has created a paper cutout beer mug to get you in the festival spirit.
Need more Oktoberfest? Here's all the Tri-State Oktoberfest celebrations through Oct. 15.
Cincinnati tops WalletHub's list of America's 100 largest cities, ranked according to "20 key indicators of an epic German celebration." For the curious, these indicators include categories such as percentage of the population with German heritage and the number of pretzel shops, breweries and German restaurants per capita along with more mundane things like crime rates and beer prices.
The article gives special mention to the "Running of the Wieners,” in which 100 dachshunds race to be crowned the winning wiener (not to be missed at 11:30 a.m. Friday on Race Street between Second Street and Freedom Way).
Columbus and Cleveland both cracked the top 20 Oktoberfest celebrations in the United States (No. 13 and 18, respectively). Examine the rankings here.
For more information about Oktoberfest history and traditions around the world, take a look at the infographic below.