The calendar may still read September, but everyone in Springville is ready for Oktoberfest. The 14th annual German celebration will take place on Sept. 28 from 2 to 8 p.m. at Firemen’s Park, 70 Nason Blvd off Waverly Street in the village.
The annual event, held rain or shine, features music, German and American food and draft beer and wine, as well as trade show and vendor areas from local businesses.
Oktoberfest is a Springville Area Chamber of Commerce event with proceeds helping to promote the growth and retention of business and commerce in the Springville area.
“One thing that’s emerged in our planning is this fall festival is going to be a celebration of the Springville area’s commerce and business,” said Mayor Bill Krebs, festival chair. “There’s quite a robust diversity that’s in the Springville area and they’ve all participated in this.”
Krebs said planning began in the spring and regular meetings throughout the summer to try to keep the tradition going strong.
“We had a wonderful Oktoberfest last year to build on,” he added. “Gene Ellis was the leader of that for 13 years and this is our 14th.”
The leading musical act in the Musik Festhalle is the Springville Community Jazz Orchestra, which Oktoberfest goers enjoy every year. New this year is the Bergholz German Band, which will provide the traditional German music, singing and dancing expected at Octoberfest.
“That’s all very family-friendly,” Krebs said. “They’ll get everybody up dancing and singing along.”
The Bier Garten will feature local craft beers as well as the Spaten Oktoberfest, Lager and Optimator beers imported from Germany. Wine will also be served. The music entertainment at this venue will be Hintz of Thunder and Hastings & Sampson Duo.
The Kitchen will serve German and American food prepared by Springville area restaurants. Traditional German food provided by Mark Maussner owner of Tacocat includes bratwurst, knockwurst, sauerkraut and a special pork and dumpling platter. All the meats are supplied by the Meat Shoppe.
“That’s a change this year because Gene Ellis used to cook all the food,” Krebs said. “(Maussner) and his sister and bringing the German recipes and food to this festival.”
Tim and Bonnies will bake the traditional Oktoberfest pretzel, Apple Dumpling is preparing an apple strudel dessert. For those enjoying American food, the Springville Youth Incorporated/The Club will be grilling hot dogs and hamburgers and Tim and Bonnies will provide pizza.
This year there is a $10 admission fee for which the Oktoberfest goer gets a voucher for 10 food or drink tickets. Children 12 and under are free. The voucher is redeemable at the ticket counters in The Kitchen and Bier Garten, where food and drink tickets are sold for $1 each.
Also this year, Oktoberfest is hosting a Car Cruise-In for cars from 1980 and earlier. Dash plaques are available for the first 50 cars.
Sponsors will be demonstrating their products in the trade show and vendors will have their crafts for sale. “We tried to reach out to as many local businesses as possible,” Krebs said.
Special events include the traditional apple dessert contest. Judging will be at 4 p.m. at The Kitchen. The contest for the best Traditional German Oktoberfest Attire will be at 7 p.m. in the Musik Festhalle. Also new this year, there is a bounce house for children.
Although the hours have been slightly shortened for this year, Krebs said they’re still hoping for as big a turnout as every year.
“We are a smaller festival, but we still have lots to do,” he said. “It’s good for the Springville area because it celebrates our commerce and our business, and sometimes we forget how important the business community is to the rest of our community.”