Fans of festivals fortunate enough to find themselves on the grounds of the 21st annual Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg will be able to hoist their glass and waltz their partner to the music of 30 bands, the most ever at this famous celebration of the Old World in the Texas Hill Country, Oct. 5, 6 and 7. Oktoberfest hours are 6 p.m. to 12 midnight Friday, 10 a.m. to 12 midnight Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6; $1 for children ages six through 12 and under six are free. Two-day passes are $10; three-day passes are $15. Entertainers this year include the Bandaid Jazz Band, The Polka Dots Community Band, Seven Dutchmen, Oma and the Oompahs, Ed Kadlecek and the Fun Bunch, Rennie and the Happy Travelers, Fredericksburg Filharmonic, the Boerne Village Band, the Polkamatics, the Alpine Dancers, Cadence Cloggers and others. Organizers are proud that Oktoberberfest is a family event. That is why they are bringing new children’s activities to Kinderpark on Market Square in downtown Fredericksburg. Youngsters can try their hand at slot car racing, basketball, rock wall climbing, super slide and jumping castle. A mini-midway of carnival-style games and Sunshine the Clown are sure to delight wide-eyed children. Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg again hosts the popular Artists Tent’the perfect place for planning gift-giving, collecting and decorating, with new and unique crafts and artwork. Over 40 original artists and crafters are on hand to display their handiwork. Food specialities and delightful refreshments from around the world will tempt thirsty and hungry revelers. Visitors can enjoy German and Mexican specialities like sausage on a stick, tacos, fajitas, burgers and wurst, washed down with over 30 varieties of domestic and imported beers. “Oktoberfest is a family event,” organizers emphasized. “We want people of all ages here’seniors, the kids, everyone’all having a good time. We give away ever bit of profit to art groups, music groups and scholarship groups.” Many people enjoy any excuse to travel to Fredericksburg, famous for its German heritage and hospitality. Throughout the festival, visitors can find ample shopping and dining within easy walking distance of the downtown Oktoberfest site. Nearby are historic sites such as the Pioneer Museum Complex, George Bush Gallery of the National Museum of the Pacific War, Enchanted Rock, and LBJ Ranch. Ample accommodations include motels, campgrounds and more bed and breakfasts than are available in any other city. More information on Oktoberfest and Fredericksburg is available by writing Oktoberfest, P.O. Box 222, Fredericksburg, Tex. 78624, by calling 830-997-4810 or at www.oktober festinfbg.com.