The Gemuetlichkeit (goodwill) Games take place on Friday of Oktoberfest Zinzinnati at 5 pm on Fountain Square to kick off the celebration. Contests have included log sawing races, nail hammering races, beer barrel rolling races, and beer stein races!
The Games are often accompanied by German music and dance groups. Come on down and enjoy the fun!
Beer Stein Race
A favorite attraction of the Games and deeply rooted in German tradition: Contestants (Mädchens) race a short distance across Fountain Square with two fists full of filled beer steins. The winner is determined not only by the best time, but by the amount of beer left in the steins at the finish line. A second is added onto the contestant’s time for each ounce of beer spilled. Sound easy? The filled steins weigh close to 35 lbs.!
Beer Barrel Roll
Participants roll an empty wooden barrel around a course on Fountain Square. The contestant with the fastest time wins. Points are deducted for losing control of barrel and mowing down spectators.