Big Bear Lake, CA, September 17, 2011, noon – This year the Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest celebrates 41 years of German style family fun and good times. This Fall’s festival offers even more authentic German entertainment than in years past. Big Bear Lake’s Oktoberfest at the Convention Center began at noon today offering free admission for all past and present military and their immediate families, as well as firefighters and law enforcement. The Burgermeister, his family and entourage offer non-stop entertainment, dancing and zany German antics exclusive to Big Bear’s festival for six and a half weekends through October 29th. Oktoberfest includes carnival games, bounce houses, pony rides, Samson the mechanical bull, and a variety of arts and crafts vendors. Festival-goers can enter free contests including Beer Stein Holding, Log Sawing, Pretzel Eating and the Safe Slam non-alcoholic beer drinking contest. The festival closes on Saturday, October 29th with the annual costume contests for both adults and children. The adult contest this year will offer up to $1,000 in prizes. For Oktoberfest ticket information call 585-3000.