Downtown’s Oktober Fall Festival kicks off on the 2nd Saturday in Oktober, Oktober 8th. The community family friendly event is from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Think fall festival with a German flair. Events include vendor, food, and arts and crafts booths, a dog parade, and the first “Running of the Wieners” (wiener dogs/dachshunds only please), the chicken dance, and kid activities. Church, school, Relay for Life teams, and local non-profits are invited to reserve booth space as well.
At 5:00pm, Main Street Paragould’s ticketed event, Oktoberfest, begins. Oktoberfest 2011 is the first, of what we hope is many, Downtown Oktober celebrations. The committee is to be congratulated for deciding to deviate from the typical fundraising event…cocktails, dinner, dancing, auction…and to not take itself too seriously. Downtown revitalization and economic development is serious business, raising money to help keep Paragould’s affiliation with Main Street Arkansas is essential. Having a great time while doing it? Extremely possible. Held outside on the 100 block of south Pruett, Oktoberfest will be a celebration of all things German. (Isn’t everyone a little bit German during Oktoberfest? Like everyone’s a little bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day?) Oompah music, brats, the “chicken dance”, potato pancakes, polka, and Paragould’s own world famous band Everyday Life. Beer and wine tasting bars, and beverages by the drink will be offered. Red Goose is catering the meal…German cuisine of course. Tickets are $25.00 in advance/$30.00 at the door. Thank you to our sponsors: U.S. Renal Care, C & C Distributing, Holiday Liquor Store, Focus Bank, Midway Signs, Image Realty, Community Title and Escrow, Black/Gold Potatoes, Paragould Family Dentistry, and R.Hoskins Interiors for sponsoring Main Street’s first Oktoberfest.