Oktoberfest tra­di­tion con­tin­ues

11th an­nual event slated for Sept. 14-15

The Boyertown Area Times - - FRONT PAGE - John W. Lea Build­ing a Bet­ter Boy­er­town

Build­ing a Bet­ter Boy­er­town’s OKTOBERFEST is en­ter­ing its sec­ond decade with new and ex­cit­ing ac­tiv­i­ties. On Sept. 14 and 15, Build­ing a Bet­ter Boy­er­town (BaBB) will stage its 11th an­nual OKTOBERFEST mark­ing the be­gin­ning of its sec­ond decade of cel­e­brat­ing Boy­er­town’s Ger­man her­itage. This year’s event will be bet­ter than ever with more kids ac­tiv­i­ties, more mu­sic and en­ter­tain­ment, an im­proved 5K run, a wide va­ri­ety of food, and, of course, a great selec­tion beer and wine.

The event will kick off in the Town Cen­ter Park­ing Lot on Fri­day, Sept. 14 at 5 p.m. of­fer­ing a va­ri­ety of draft beers se­lected not please ev­ery pal­ette. Wines from the lo­cal area and be­yond will also be of­fered. An ex­panded as­sort­ment of food ven­dors will be on site to sat­isfy ev­ery per­son’s taste. The event will con­tinue on Satur­day, Sept. 15 start­ing at 11 a.m. with fam­ily friendly en­ter­tain­ment, new games, bev­er­ages, food, ex­panded va­ri­ety of craft ven­dors, and en­hanced chil­dren ac­tiv­i­ties. The event will run un­til at 9 p.m. Satur­day.

Just as the peo­ple of Bavaria gath­ered each Septem­ber 200 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 10 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 all those that at­tend.

This event has pro­vided the funds for BaBB to en­gage in projects and ac­tiv­i­ties that en­hance and pro­mote Down­town Boy­er­town and the greater Boy­er­town area. This year, BaBB will, once again, hold Oktoberfest over a two day, fun filled cel­e­bra­tion. On Fri­day, Sept. 14, from 5 to 9 p.m., come join the BaBB in the Town Cen­ter Park­ing Lot as we kick off our week­end fes­tiv­i­ties.

Fri­day evening, food con­ces­sions will be avail­able from lo­cal ven­dors start­ing at 5 p.m.. At 7 p.m. mu­sic from Vuja De will en­ter­tain pa­trons for the evening.

Satur­day, Sept. 15, kicks off at 10 a.m. with an up­dated and en­hanced 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., for the cer­e­mo­nial “tap­ping of the keg.” This year’s en­ter­tain­ment has been ex­panded and in­cludes some­thing for ev­ery­one: Kenny Pro­duc­tions – DJ will start at 11 a.m. The Auer­hahn Schuh­plat­tlers, who will dance us back to his­tor­i­cal Bavaria with per­for­mances at 1 and 3 p.m. At 4:30 p.m., Red Headed Step Child will take the stage. Clos­ing out the evening will be Mud Puppy at 6 p.m.

If you come hun­gry OKTOBERFEST’s food ven­dors in­clude: Sweet Be­gin­nings, Hill­billy Bar­be­cue, CD’s Place, The Grill Shop, J-Walk­ers, 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 11th year Ger­man beer mug, 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 you 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 BABB at 610-369-3054.

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