This year’s Medford Oktoberfest will once again include a Bavarian steinholding contest, a traditional test of strength in which competitors properly hold a full one-liter bier stein out in front of their bodies with a straight arm, parallel to the ground, without spilling. The competition will utilize the official rules of the US Steinholding Association and, yes, that is really a thing (we were just as surprised to find out as you were).

Registration cost is $20 per person. All participants will be allowed to keep their official competition stein filled with a liter of bier, and the chance to be crowned the greatest holder of a bier stein in all the land, or at least Medford (and maybe Medford Lakes). All profits will benefit the charitable endeavors of the Medford Business Association.