If you go

What: Oktoberfest

When: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14

Where: Hansen Arts Park

Tickets: $35 per person (must be 21), available at Cork & Barrel Liquors, The Arts Center, Arts Center board members, at the door

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Details: German beer, music, games, food (brats, pretzels, sauerkraut, Cavendish french fries)


Oktoberfest returns to Jamestown on Saturday, Sept. 14, offering a few hours of entertainment featuring German-style music, food, beer and games.

"I think people .... in this area are proud of their German heritage and they like German food and they like different kinds of German beer," said Mindi Schmitz, executive director of The Arts Center, on the event's appeal.

Costumes are encouraged, and Schmitz said the eighth annual Oktoberfest is an opportunity to dress up, be "a little goofy" for a couple of hours, come downtown and pretend you're in Germany. Polka music and dancing are expected to begin at 5:30 p.m.

"We'll have games, too, like hammerschlagen, and other entertainment," she said.

Oktoberfest is being held in the Hansen Arts Park for the second year.

"We definitely like to highlight the Hansen Arts Park," Schmitz said. "It's a wonderful, wonderful place to have an event and it's right downtown ... and it's also springboarding off the success of the Downtown Arts Market."

The Downtown Arts Market featured entertainment, vendors and food on Thursdays in the Hansen Arts Park during the summer through August.

Oktoberfest is expected to draw 150 to 200 people.

"We pattern if after the Oktoberfest that happens in Germany, and believe it or not, Oktoberfest in Germany is in September," Schmitz said.' ... We have a polka band, Victor Wald's going to come (to perform the polka music), we're going to have brats and German beer, German mustard, sauerkraut of course and then a little twist at the end ..."

The "twist" is the second band to perform will be The Flickertail Band, "and they're kind of a rock and roll band and so hopefully a little for everybody but keeping the cultural fabric of the true Oktoberfest as part of our Oktoberfest," Schmitz said.

Tickets are $35 per person for people age 21 and older and are available at several locations including at the door. But purchasing tickets before the event is encouraged for the food and beverage count, Schmitz said.

The event, organized by The Arts Center Board of Directors, will be outside, rain or shine. It would move indoors only if it is "pouring rain."