Redstone Arsenal Oktoberfest kicks off

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REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (WHNT)-- The weekend-long Oktoberfest festival has kicked off, promising fun for the whole family.

There are food vendors and carnival rides, and a big tent for entertainment.

You can also head to two tents where beer will be served, from big-name favorites to craft, local brews.

Kenneth McDonald, Special Events Director, said, "There will be 20-25 [beers] under the biergarten, and another 6 or 8 under the other tent."

He says the biergarten is full of local brews, and it's stealing the show by offering selections specifically for Oktoberfest.

This year, the fest has partnered with "Free the Hops" to do it.

"They're the largest microbrewery organization in North Alabama, so it was a natural fit for this event," said McDonald. "Twenty dollars gets you an unlimited sample and a specialized glass for this year's fest."

The activities under the tents will continue, regardless of any rain that may move in over the weekend.

McDonald says the festival allows for members of the community to experience the Arsenal, who may not usually have the chance.

"We have over 37,000 civilians that work here on the arsenal, but a lot of those civilians have families that don't have access normally. So opening it up, like this, it allows everyone to come in to Redstone Arsenal and see some of the things we do and some of the things we offer," he said.

A crowd of 12,000-17,000 is expected throughout the weekend.