Walt Pegram, President of the Germania Society of Cincinnati, takes a drink of beer during the 2008 Oktoberfest held in Hamilton Saturday evening, August 30. The last day of the event is Sunday from 1pm-10pm. Photo by Jessica Uttinger, contributing photographer

5 great things to do over Labor Day weekend in Butler County

Hamilton OktoberFest

Butler County’s largest OktoberFest continues its three-day run today at Liberty Home Association, 2361 Hamilton-Cleves Road.

The 54th annual Hamilton OktoberFest will feature entertainment, rides, games and plenty of German food and beverages.

Hours: 1-11 p.m. today and 1-8 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $3 per person and children under 14 are admitted for free.

German food for sale includes mettwurst, bratwurst, sauerkraut, potato salad, cabbage rolls, sauerkraut balls, potato pancakes, pretzels, cream puffs, limburger cheese, onion sandwiches and desserts.

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Live German entertainment schedule:

• 1-5 p.m. today: Steven Owen Musik

• 5 p.m. today: Opening Ceremony

• 6 p.m. today: Enzian Dancers

• 6:30-10:30 p.m. today: Vereins-Musikanten

• 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sunday: 4+ Brass

• 4-8 p.m. Sunday: Fest Meisters.

A car show is scheduled from 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

Hamilton NightGlow Marathon

More than 500 athletes from around the country will compete today in the 3rd annual Hamilton NightGlow Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 10K.

Presented by Fort Hamilton Hospital and organized by the Butler County Visitors Bureau, this event is an official Boston Qualifier and features a fast, flat, looped course.

For those runners who prefer running in the evening, there is the NightGlow’s nighttime start and finish. The course is illuminated with a variety of different glowing features.

The race route starts and finishes at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts and also utilizes the Great Miami River Recreational Trail.

Awards will be given to the first three men’s and women’s overall finishers in each race and first three in age group categories.

For more information about the Hamilton NightGlow race, visit www.hamiltonnightglow.com.

Ignite at Berachah

Berachah Church will host Ignite, a free community event that will feature food trucks, bounce houses, a car show, 24-hour pickleball marathon and will end with a fireworks show choreographed to music. The event is set for 6-9 p.m. Sunday.

The event is open to the public and everything is free except for the items sold at the food trucks, said Berachah Pastor Lamar Ferrell. He said Ignite lines up with one of the church’s goals: Hope for a healthy and happy community.

The church decided to host the event as a way to celebrate the end of summer and give residents an inexpensive entertainment option over Labor Day weekend, he said.

Bacon, Bourbon & Barbecue

Miami Valley Gaming in Monroe is hosting a Bacon, Bourbon & Barbecue Festival from 4 to 10 p.m. today.

There will be food, bourbon and live music. Admission and parking are free.

The schedule of musical acts: 4-6 p.m.: Robin Lacy & DeZydeco; 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Rosie & the Rivets; 9-10:30 p.m.: Eric Jerardi.

Stricker’s Grove

A private amusement park outside of Ross Twp. is opening Monday to the public in honor of Labor Day.

Stricker’s Grove, 11490 Hamilton Cleves Road, will be open from 1-8 p.m. Monday. Cost is $14 per person and kids 2 and under are free. Admission includes all rides, roller coasters, 18-hole mini golf, soft drinks and parking.

Food and alcohol will be available for purchase or you may bring in your food.

Rides will be open 1-4 p.m. and 5-8 p.m.

Stricker’s Grove has two coasters, a carousel, Ferris wheel, scrambler, tilt-a-whirl, train, carnival-style rides, 18-hole miniature golf course and arcade with video games.

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