Festival to be held Saturday night
As the fall season arrives it brings not only great weather but a new festival to downtown Florence – an event recognized the world over: Oktoberfest.
Saturday, Oct. 14, South Dargan Street will come alive with music, games and German food and beer as downtown presents its fifth annual Oktoberfest celebration.
The event begins at 6 p.m. and goes until 10 p.m.
The food selection will be better than ever this year, featuring bratwurst, curry wurst, sauerkraut, sauerbraten, schnitzel, handmade German soft pretzels with beer cheese. Also, German strudels, Oktoberfest gingerbread hearts, and Black Forest cake, German Chocolate funnel cakes, German Spaetzel with beer cheese and bacon, and crispy German-style waffles with fried apples and a beer-infused caramel sauce.
Oktoberfest is not complete without an ample assortment of beers and this year twelve different beers will be available for purchase including Highlands Clawhammer, Southern Barrel Oktoberfest, Sam Adams Oktoberfest, Weihenstephaner Fest Bier, Schofferhofer Grapefruit, Angry Orchard, Catawba Pumpkin Ale, Duck Rabbit Milk Stout, Oktoberfest Marzen, Bohemian Pilsner and for domestic beer lovers, Bud Light and Michelob Ultra will also be available. In addition to beer, German wines will also be served.
In addition to great food, beer and wine, there will be games for the entire family including beer barrel races, beer stein races and even something for the dogs – The “Running of The Wieners,” a short race for dachshunds, which will be held beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Anyone with a wiener dog (dachshund) or “almost wiener dog” can enter. The first place winner in each of the two categories will receive $50 cash and a trophy. There will also be a prize for best dressed wiener dog.
Prizes will also be awarded for the best humans, $25 in cash and $25 in beer and food tickets for the best dressed male and the same prize for the best dressed female.
Admission to the event is free and you are encouraged to bring your own chairs as only limited seating will be available. Oktoberfest is a presentation of the Florence Downtown Development Corporation, AECOM and Crown Beverage.