Cambridge Square Hosts 5th Annual Oktoberfest

With The Third Annual Lamar Johnson Classic BBQ Contest

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Cambridge Square, a mixed-use community in Ooltewah, will host the 5th annual Oktoberfest in Ooltewah on Oct. 6 from noon until 5 p.m. Cambridge Square is less than a quarter mile east off of I-75’s exit 11. Admission to the event is free, family friendly, and open to the public.

"The Oktoberfest at Cambridge, we are proud to say, has received its official tenure as a ‘can’t miss’ event,” said Cambridge Marketing Director Jim Cheney. “Over the last five years, a lot of people have put in a significant amount of time and energy to make this fall festival happen, and of course, it would not be the event that it is without the support of the community at large. We hope everyone will come out again this year and enjoy all that Oktoberfest has to offer.”  

In addition to the live music, food vendors, beer stations, and shopping with more than 60 local artisans and Cambridge Square retailers, The Lamar Johnson Classic will be taking place for the third year in a row. The Classic entices some of the Chattanooga area’s best pit masters to compete for a $3,500 purse. In addition, one winner will receive a qualification Golden Ticket to compete in the World Food Championship

"The Pitmasters will be turning in pork tenderloin, spare ribs and rib eye steaks for judging,” said Steve Ray, founder of the Lamar Johnson Classic and owner of Steve Ray’s Midnight Oil in Ooltewah. “The winner of the steak contest will get the Golden Ticket to The World Food Championship in Orange Beach, Al. on Nov. 7." 

For all the music lovers, there will be three live performances taking place throughout the day, and as a new item on the agenda this year, a live acoustic talent show will be taking place on the public square stage. At the time of this release, seven spots remain in the talent show line-up. The winner will receive two paid gigs at Cambridge Square later this fall. Interested musicians should email Miranda Perez at

“Oktoberfest in Ooltewah is so much more than an event,” said Miranda Perez, event director.  “It is more like a family reunion full of live music, food, and shopping while making great memories.”

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