10th Oktoberfest com­ing up

The Boyertown Area Times - - FRONT PAGE - Submitted to Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

Ten years ago, a mem­ber of Build­ing a Bet­ter Boyertown (BBB) sug­gested an event to cel­e­brate Boyertown’s Ger­man her­itage. As a re­sult, Build­ing a Bet­ter Boyertown’s Oktoberfest was born. On Sept. 15 and 16, Build­ing a Bet­ter Boyertown (BBB) will stage its 10th an­nual Oktoberfest mark­ing a full decade of cel­e­bra­tion. This years event is set to be bet­ter than ever with more kids ac­tiv­i­ties, more mu­sic and en­ter­tain­ment, a new 5K run, and, of course, de­li­cious se­lec­tions of food and beer.

The event will kick off Fri­day, Sept. 15, at 5 p.m. of­fer­ing a va­ri­ety of beers for ev­ery pal­ette. Wines from the lo­cal area and be­yond will also be of­fered. An as­sort­ment of food ven­dors will be on site to sat­isfy ev­ery per­son’s taste. The event will con­tinue on Satur­day, Sept. 16 start­ing at 11 a.m. with fam­ily friendly en­ter­tain­ment, bev­er­ages, food, craft ven­dors, and chil­dren ac­tiv­i­ties. The event will fi­nally wind down at 9 p.m. Satur­day night.

Just as the peo­ple of Bavaria gath­ered each Septem­ber two hun­dred years ago to cel­e­brate the har­vest, Build­ing a Bet­ter Boyertown has hosted its own Oktoberfest cel­e­bra­tion here in the heart of our small com­mu­nity, for the past ten years. Boyertown’s Oktoberfest re­mains true to the orig­i­nal Ger­man Oktoberfest cel­e­bra­tion by pro­vid­ing a mar­ket for lo­cal crafts­man to dis­play and sell their wares as well as pro­vid­ing en­ter­tain­ment and re­fresh­ments for those that at­tend.

This event has pro­vided the funds for BBB to en­gage in projects and ac­tiv­i­ties that en­hance and pro­mote Down­town Boyertown and the greater Boyertown area. This year, BBB will, once again, hold Oktoberfest over a two day, fun filled cel­e­bra­tion. On Fri­day, Septem­ber 15th, from 5:00pm - 9:00pm, come join the BBB in the Town Center Park­ing Lot as we kick off our week­end fes­tiv­i­ties. Food con­ces­sions will be avail­able from lo­cal ven­dors and mu­sic from lo­cal DJ, Kenny Pro­duc­tions, and Vuja De will be per­form­ing this year for all in­ter­ested on Fri­day evening.

Satur­day morn­ing kicks off at 10 a.m. with a new event — a 5K run that was or­ga­nized in

con­junc­tion with Sly Fox Track. Reg­is­tra­tion for the 5K is avail­able at www. pret­zel­ci­tys­ports.com

The food ven­dors and Beer tent will open at 11 a.m. And Just as the Mayor of Mu­nich opens the of­fi­cial Oktoberfest cel­e­bra­tion, Boyertown’s own Mayor and Coun­cil Pres­i­dent will ar­rive via horse-drawn car­riage at 11 a.m. on Satur­day for the cer­e­mo­nial “tap­ping of the keg.”

This year’s en­ter­tain­ment has been ex­panded and in­cludes some­thing for ev­ery­one: The Auer­hahn Schuh­plat­tlers, who will dance us back to his­tor­i­cal Bavaria with per­for­mances at 1-3 p.m. At 4 p.m., The band Red Headed Stepchild will take the stage. Clos­ing out the evening will be MudPuppy, at 6:00 PM,

Oktoberfest’s food ven­dors include: Sweet Be­gin­nings, Hill­billy Bar­be­cue, CD’s Place, The Grill Shop, JWalk­ers, and Philly Pret­zels. Of course, WHAT would an Oktoberfest be with­out a va­ri­ety of your fa­vorite bev­er­ages to ac­com­pany the food. Beer will be supplied by Rader Co, Sly­fox Brew­ery and The Other Farm Brew­ery. Wine will be pro­vided by Blair Vine­yards, Fre­con Farms, and Manatawny Creek Win­ery.

Build­ing a Bet­ter Boyertown will be of­fer­ing the pur­chase of the 10th year an­niver­sary Ger­man mug drink­ing ves­sels, sure to be a col­lectible. The beer steins can be pur­chased at the event or prior to the event at Patsy’s Pot­pourri of Gifts, Seren­ity Fit­ness and Well­ness, The Pep­per­mint Stick Candy Store, or the Build­ing a Bet­ter Boyertown of­fice.

Build­ing a Bet­ter Boyertown in­vites the com­mu­nity to come cel­e­brate Boyertown’s Ger­man her­itage. Bring friends and fam­ily and en­joy a fes­tive Septem­ber week­end un­der our Oktoberfest tents, brows­ing au­then­tic crafts, or sam­pling the treats in our food ven­dor al­ley. For more in­for­ma­tion about the event, visit our web­site at <www.Boy­er­townOk­to­ber­fest.com>, visit us on Face­book and Twit­ter or call BBB at 610369-3054.

DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA FILE PHOTO

On Sept. 15 and 16, Build­ing a Bet­ter Boyertown will host its 10th an­nual Oktoberfest.

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