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Tinley Parkers Sam (left) and Natalie Nelson celebrate the opening day of Oktoberfest, which kicked off Friday, Sept. 29, and concluded Sunday, Oct. 1, and was held at the 80th Avenue Train Station in Tinley Park. Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media
Rihanna Bush, of Tinley Park, takes on the Cliff Hanger, one of many rides and family-friendly features at Oktoberfest.
Tracy Kluzek (left) and Olivia Yakes, of Orland Hills, pose for a photo at the event.
German band Die Musikmeisters starts the polka party Friday, Sept. 29, which marked the first day of Oktoberfest in Tinley Park. Festivities ran until Sunday, Oct. 1, at the 80th Avenue Train Station.
Brian Laughran, Freelance Reporter
11:45 am CDT October 3, 2017

The smell of beer, the sounds of polka music and beautiful fall weather were in the air for​ ​Oktoberfest last weekend.

​From Friday, Sept. 29-Sunday, Oct. 1, the parking lot of Tinley Park’s​ 80th Avenue Train Station​ was transformed into a Germanic wonderland to​ ​celebrate the arrival of autumn.

Residents caught a lucky break from the heat, and the cool weather allowed attendees to walk around, drink beer, visit vendors and – for the children – enjoy rides.