The Ottumwa Courier

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September 19, 2007

Oktoberfest packed full of exciting activities

OTTUMWA — It’s almost time for beers, brats and bands.

The 34th annual Oktoberfest will be Tuesday through Sunday, Oct. 2-7, with the 28th annual Rotary Barbecue kicking things off on Oct. 2.

This year’s event will feature entertainment by the Night Moves Band, Sez Who and more.

Jack Guiter, chairman of the Oktoberfest Committee, said it’s a fun, relaxing time to come out and socialize.

“It’s really a community-based event,” he said. “A lot of people come home around this time of year for the event and to see people they haven’t seen in a while.”

Some of the highlights of the 2007 Oktoberfest will be the Kiddie Parade on Friday evening (with a new route), a 5K run/walk, live entertainment, food, drinks and more. The biggest part of the event is the parade at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Parade Coordinator Bob Riley said he believes participant numbers might be higher than last year’s 300 entries.

The parade will start on West Main Street, head east to Washington Street; turn north on Washington and follow to Second Street; turn east onto Second and follow to Green Street; turn south on Green and follow to Main Street; turn west onto Main and follow to Market Street; and go about one block before ending at the Oktoberfest tent.

Riley also thinks the number of band entries is more than the 2006 parade.

Wednesday was the cutoff deadline for entries, but Riley said he will take entries up until the day of the parade. People interested in joining the parade can call (641) 683-0752.

The parade committee asks that people be cautious about going in the street during the parade and any participants throwing out candy need to make sure they get it to the crowd.

“We haven’t had any accidents and we don’t want any. We just want people to have fun, but to be safe, too,” Riley said.

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