Did you know that the traditional Oktoberfest celebration in Munich Germany actually starts in September?  The 39th Annual Belleville Oktoberfest follows suit and begins today, September 20, in Illinois!

Our own Courtney Budelman stopped by to check it out for herself. Oktoberfest happens around Belleville Square, and there is a huge tent that will hold live music, German beer, German food, and more. Doris spoke with Courtney about some authentic German food, and Alex stepped in to talk about all of the different beers.

A very special treat, Tom Calhoun of the Stanley Cup Champions the St. Louis Blues will be at Oktoberfest at 5:30 pm tonight to tap the inaugural keg.

Festivities start Friday, September 20 at 11 am and go until 11 pm. The fun continues Saturday also from 11 am-11 pm.

Find out more online at BellevilleOktoberfest.com.