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It’s Oktoberfest Time | Newberry Observer

NEWBERRY – October is almost here, which means it’s time for Newberry Town’s annual Oktoberfest event in downtown Newberry. Treat yourself to authentic German food, music, and arts and crafts vendors right in the heart of downtown.

This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, October 15, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the downtown historic district, about eight blocks away.

Bridget Carey, tourism and events manager for the town of Newberry, said the event will have 17 food vendors this year, with a good variety for everyone to enjoy.

Starting at the upper end of Main Street, the event area begins with the Community Corner which features 13 different groups such as churches, non-profit organizations and more.

In addition to Community Corner, the Newberry Humane Society and Newberry County Animal Shelter will welcome pet adoptions in the Livingston gas station parking lot. Pet adoptions are first come, first served for those who are interested in potentially adopting a pet.

The Ritz Theatre, 1511 Main Street, will once again be hosting free puppet shows for children this year, hosted by the Newberry Community Players. The shows will take place at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. and will be presented by the Columbia Marionette Theater. Carey said this year’s show is The Tortoise and the Hare and more information about the show can be found at www.cmtpuppet.org/traveling-show.

For arts and crafts enthusiasts, there will be 32 different vendors along Main Street during this year’s Oktoberfest, selling a variety of items, all handmade or homemade. Carey said items in this section range from wreaths, pottery, fine art, jewelry and more.

More information about each arts and crafts vendor can be found on newberryoktoberfest.com by clicking on “Festival Facts” and then the link under: “What can you expect to see at Oktoberfest?” The list of vendors for this year’s event is listed on an interactive event map.

In the direction of Kindertown, located on Boyce Street will be the Artist Ally, reserved for the Newberry Made community. This section will feature local artisans and artisans who are members of Newberry Made and includes artists, potters, painters, carpenters and more.

Carey said many familiar guest favorites return to Kindertown this year, located in the parking lot of the Newberry County Courthouse. The carousel rides, rock climbing wall, wacky slide, and bungee trampoline are in Kindertown for guests to enjoy.

The Lowe’s Craft Tent will be back this year to provide fun projects kids can take home and build with their family.

The Carnival Band’s organ is also in Kindertown this year as in previous years. While in Kindertown, visitors should be on the lookout for the accordionist, dressed in traditional German attire, who will entertain the crowd with his music.

Kindertown is sponsored by Newberry County Memorial Hospital, and they will be in the area with children’s activities, Carey said. Vendors will also be in this area selling a variety of children’s items and children’s gifts.

Just outside Kindertown is where first aid, fire safety, police and EMS will be. The Newberry Fire Department will be displaying their fire safety home for families, along with other educational materials. For those who need assistance throughout the event, Carey said this is also where the aid station, lost property or lost children’s area will be located.

Also, after Kindertown, visitors will enter the food court as well as two Biergartens to enjoy. This year’s food vendors will surround the Community Hall with a Biergarten set up there and another in Memorial Park.

Carey encourages visitors to check in at the Newberry Arts Center (1200 Main Street) to see what activities they may have in store for this year’s event.

At the corner of Harrington and McKibben streets, the South Carolina Midlands Muscle and Classic Car exhibit will be set up for visitors to view and take some photos.

On the way back to Memorial Park from the car show, the event ATM will be set up for those in need of cash. While some Oktoberfest vendors will be able to accept card payments, many will be cash only.

The free live music stage, known as Rocktoberfest, will provide all-day entertainment in Memorial Park beginning at 10 a.m. with the Army Band performing a variety of music.

Starting at 11:30 a.m., the Three Dot Polka Band will return with traditional Polka music.

At 1 p.m., judging will take place for the German traditional costume competition in three categories: traditional costume for women, traditional costume for men and children (up to 16 years). There will be no entry fee, but Carey invites visitors to meet on stage during this time and judging will be based on audience applause.

After the costume contest, Tokyo Joe will perform a variety of musical hits, with the stage ending with a performance by Cash Money Experience until 5:45 p.m.

A full map of the event area is available at newberryoktoberfest.com which includes free parking areas available to visitors.

Those who live and frequent the city center should expect street closures from 3 p.m. on Friday, September 30, as lower Main Street from Caldwell to Nance streets will be closed for the event. “Fifth Friday” of the city. Road closures will extend further up Main Street that evening to the entire event area.

There are plenty of free parking areas around the event area, including Friend Street, Harrington Street and spaces at the Newberry County Library.

Golf carts are subject to the same laws and regulations as regular vehicles, and they may not drive through the event or be parked on sidewalks or side streets leading to the festival area. Barricades should also remain unblocked in an emergency and vehicles or golf carts should not be parked there.

There will be three portable toilet stations and one toilet trailer in the event area and these are marked on the map, Carey said. Thrivent Financial, located at 1108 Harrington Street, is offering a respite station this year, providing a quiet place for mothers to breastfeed their children as well as a diaper changing station.

Although there will be pet adoptions throughout the event, patrons are asked to leave their pets at home for the safety of event patrons and due to the high volume of pedestrian traffic. However, service animals are allowed.

For more information on all things Newberry Oktoberfest, visit www.newberryoktoberfest.com.

In case of bad weather, keep an eye on the Newberry City social media accounts and the Newberry Oktoberfest website to stay up to date.

Elyssa Haven is the Public Relations Coordinator for the Town of Newberry.

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