Florence Oktoberfest is this Saturday

OKTOBERFEST IS COMING TO DOWNTOWN FLORENCE THIS SATURDAY

Beautiful weather is in the forecast for Saturdayand that is great news for downtown Florence’s annual Oktoberfest.

This Saturday, October 12th, the 100 block of South Dargan Street will come alive with music, games, German food, beer and wine as downtown Florence presents its seventh annual Oktoberfest celebration. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. and goes until 10:00 p.m.

Ray Reich, Downtown Development Manager stated “this event is always one of our best attended of the year, it’s fun for the entire family. Each year the festival has grown bigger and better and the food and beer selection this year promises to be the best ever.”

The food menu features a variety of authentic German food from the following food vendors:

· The Wurst Wagen from Columbia will have all of your favorite German Wursts including Bavarian Brats, Cheesewurts, Curry Wurst, and Schnitzel. You can get them a la carte or with your favorite German salats and krauts!

· Sweet Tooth, a popular regular vendor at many downtown events will have German pastries and sweets, including Black Forest Cake and Lebkuchen

· Erica’s will be serving sausages and brats as well as German-style funnel cakes.

· Wholly Smokin’ will feature BBQ Sandwiches with slaw, mac + cheese, (a.k.a. spaetzle) and their famous potato salad.

· Big Stans will be serving wings, brats and spaetzle.

· Sunshine’s Sweet Creations will have Bravarian Cream Funnel Cakes.

· Victors will feature German chocolate cookie sandwich.

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Oktoberfest is not complete without an ample assortment of beers and wines and this year the selection will include:

On draft- Sam Adams Oktoberfest, Highland Clawhammer, Foothills Oktoberfest, Holy City Oktoberfest, Angry Orchard Crisp Apple, Bud Light, and Ultra; Packaged beers will include - Catawba Brewing Fest Bier, Highland Oatmeal Porter, Devil’s Backbone Vienna Lager, and Foothills Pumpkin Ale.

In addition to beer, Dolce Vita and Victors will offer a selection of German wines and a Fall Sangria.

Great food and beer means you must have great music and for those that like traditional Oktoberfest music there will be polka and Oom-pah music played by DJ Voo-Doo, however, the night will also be filled with contemporary music featuring the Fantasy Band from Rock Hill, SC. They are a high-energy party/dance band that features a mix of all types of music including Motown, Soul, Rock, 80’s / 90’s / 2000's, and today’s Top 40 hits.

Music, great food, beer and wine is not all that Oktoberfest in downtown Florence offers, there will be games for the entire family including beer barrel races and beer stein races. Winners will receive $50 in food and drink tickets and a trophy.

Oktoberfest 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 dressed 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, Sponsors: Sam Adams Oktoberfest, AECOM, South Carolina Federal Credit Union, and the College of Charleston Alumni-Pee Dee Chapter.

Additional information can be found on our website, www.florencedowntown.com or check out the event on Facebook—Downtown Oktoberfest.

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