By Alicia Dziak

It might still be September, but the excitement of Oktoberfest is right on the horizon. Springville’s very own German celebration is set for Saturday, Sept. 30, from 2 to 11 p.m. at Fireman’s Park.

This 12th annual event, held rain or shine, features food, music and fireworks, and if that’s not enough to get you in the door, there’s much more.

A sizable selection of German food includes sausages, brats, burgers, sauerkraut, German potato salad and pretzel rolls.  And of course, craft beers will be on tap, along with local wines.

“The festival really is all about the food and drink,” said Springville Area Chamber of Commerce Director, Jennifer Weber. “This year, we added a few new beers to the dozen we offer on tap. And our board members are already hard at work in the kitchen making homemade sauerkraut and boiling and peeling potatoes for the pounds and pounds and pounds we will be serving. It’s an impressive (and very tasty) sight to behold.”

Music by The Springville Jazz Band, The Frankfurters, Mumbo Gumbo and Joe Wagner will have guests dancing or singing along.

Feed your competitive side by entering the Best German Costume, “Apfel” Dessert or the second annual Running of the Weiners contests.

From 2 to 5 p.m., enjoy the Southtowns German Car and Motorcycle Show.

For those of you wondering why Oktoberfest is held in September every year, Weber explained: “Actually, Oktoberfest in Munich starts in Mid-September and goes until Oct. 3, so we are following in line with the traditional festivities! It’s been held the last weekend of September here in Springville as a tradition.”

Although Oktoberfest might sound like an adults-only event, Weber assures that it’s family-friendly. “Oktoberfest is about food, drink and fun,” she said. “Families and children are welcome! We will have face painting available and of course lots of music to enjoy for everyone.”

Lawn games will be available this year for impromptu tournaments while enjoying the day. Raffle drawings for a Learn-To-Ski Package from Kissing Bridge and a Golf Package from Springville Country Club will take place, along with two 50/50 drawings.

Next weekend is the perfect time to celebrate Oktoberfest, and here’s to hoping the late summer weather continues into the early fall.

“Springville Oktoberfest is our biggest festival of the year here in town and it truly takes a village to put it together,” noted Weber. “The whole community (and friends from around WNY) come out to spend the day eating and drinking delicious German fare all while supporting Springville Area and the Chamber of Commerce. If you’ve never been, what are you waiting for? We here in Springville do Oktoberfest right.”