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Oktoberfest and Homecoming provide double fun for local community and visitors

This is the annual fall weekend that’s so nice it gets celebrated twice.
The 41st annual edition of Oktoberfest will be celebrated on Friday, Oct. 4, at Frontier Park in Hays. Meanwhile, Fort Hays State University will celebrate its annual Homecoming from Oct. 2 through 6. The twin events draw many thousands of local and out-of-town visitors each year.
The local Oktoberfest sprang more than four decades ago from the combined efforts of Fort Hays State University, the Hays Area Chamber of Commerce and county residents who shared a German ancestry. The idea was to create an event to ...

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