There is a lot to like during Cincinnati's annual Oktoberfest celebration, but one of the biggest crowd pleasers are the weiner dog races.
Sheron Whisman of Middletown says she comes every year with her family. "They're cute, they are the cutest little things and whenever they race...you know you pick one and you root for your winner."
But Krista Barker, owner of last year's winner Cookie, says winning isn't everything. "I think it just means a day of fun and a chance to sniff other dachshunds."
Then there are the Gemuetlichkeit games including the beer stein races and the barrel rolling contest. Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is attracting more than 500-thousand people including Kim and Charlie Moore from San Diego. "We go to a bunch of them in San Diego, but this is far better than any of the San Diego ones...the beer and getting to dress up."
Chris Kemper with the Regional Chamber of Commerce says its turned into an event with international appeal. "This is something that every Cincinnatian should take pride in. We have people coming in from as far away as Korea."
Cincinnati hosts the world's largest Oktoberfest celebration outside of Munich with more than 500,000 people expected to attend.
Kemper says people are also coming to Cincinnati this weekend for the Reds. "The Reds hopefully will clinch sometime this weekend."
Also on tap in the Queen City are the first ever international fireworks competition at Coney Island along with world's largest waterless pool party.