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Former Bengals QB Ken Anderson returning to Cincinnati for Oktoberfest

Ken Anderson will be leading the World's Largest Chicken Dance next Saturday in downtown Cincinnati, and though it will be his first time doing the dance, he's most frightened about putting on the "chicken hat".

Next weekend, former Bengals quarterback Ken Anderson will be back in Cincinnati to act as the 2015 Grand Marshal for Oktoberfest Zinzinnati.

Anderson, one of our Ring of Honor candidates, was quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals from 1971-1986, during which he was selected to four Pro Bowls and received the NFL MVP and Offensive Player of the Year Awards in 1981.

Each year at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, the event features the "World's Largest Chicken Dance" which is led by the Grand Marshall. The event set a world record for the World's Largest Chicken Dance from 1995 to 1997 in the Guinness Book of Records, with 48,000 participants.

In 2014 Drew and Nick Lachey led the dance.

In 2006, Chad Johnson was the Grand Marshall:

This afternoon, Anderson joined Mo Egger's radio show on ESPN 1530 to talk about the event. "Coming up on Saturday will be the first time I do the chicken dance," Anderson said. "It's Oktoberfest, which there is beer involved in Oktoberfest, so I'm sure a couple of adult beverages may help my dancing ability as well."

Anderson's biggest concern is wearing the chicken hat during the dance, which you can see in the video from last year's event.

Oktoberfest runs from September 18-20, 2015 in downtown "Zinzinnati" and the Chicken dance will be performed on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at Fountain Square. The event is anticipating about 500,000 attendees throughout the three-day event.