Oktoberfest tradition continues
11th annual event slated for Sept. 14-15
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.