Seymour’s 40th annual Oktoberfest continues today and Saturday with more than 70 food booths, roving accordion players and, of course, the beirgarten.
Food and activity booths, including football and basketball throws, skills games and face-painting, open at 11 a.m. today.
One Kids’ Square, featuring coloring contests, painting and storytelling, opens at noon.
Throughout the afternoon, the north stage, at Third and Chestnut streets, and the south stage, in the 100 block of South Chestnut Street, will have diverse entertainment.
Performers include the Columbus Clogging Company, Indy-based party band Jayne Bond and the Pink Martinis, and jump-roping team Brown Bouncing Bears from Margaret R. Brown School. Booths close at 11 p.m.
Saturday begins with a 5K walk/run at 8 a.m. beginning at Seymour High School, a baby contest at 9:30 a.m. on the north stage, and a cornhole tournament at 10 a.m. in Gaiser Park on
South Chestnut Street.
Other highlights of the day include a brat-eating contest at 6:30 p.m. on the north stage, a talent show hosted by Indiana State Fair queen Mariah Huff at 7:30 p.m., and a hot-air balloon race at 5 p.m. Food and vendor booths will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Another key event on Saturday is the Oktoberfest
This year, grand marshals will be Steve Kiel, Bob Zickler and Roger Sutton, who suggested and helped organize the first Oktoberfest; and Larry Krukewitt, former executive director of the Seymour Chamber of Commerce, and his secretary, Janet Garrison, who were instrumental in organizing the first event.
A bluegrass festival will take place on the South Stage from 7:30 p.m. until close each night.
Admission is free and open to the public.
Free shuttle rides from the Seymour High School parking lot to the festival grounds are available from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. today and immediately following the parade until 11 p.m. Saturday.