LOWELL – Lowell’s Octoberfest is back this year with German food, games and entertainment.
This is the 45th year of the event to be held October 2-3 on Buell Island in Lowell.
Event committee chair Josh Harris said it’s been a tough year to get people’s help.
“If anyone wants to help he can contact me (740-350-3302),” he said.
They want the festival to continue with the participation of different local bands, such as the Fort Frye Band Boosters and the Buckeye Allstars, and thousands of people are attending, he added.
“They come for the German potato salad. We are doing the chicken outside on a roasting pan and we will be doing about 1,000 this year ”, Harris said.
The main shelter will be the hub of all German food with kielbasa, grilled bratwurst, corned beef reuben and sauerkraut. Whole and a half chickens will be sold, along with barbecue chicken and sautéed vegetables.
Harris said if someone feels uncomfortable with the crowd but still wants German food, people can call him and he will bring his order to his car. Masks are not mandatory to attend.
The event is cash only, he added.
In addition to food, there will be a flea market and craft stalls, Pampered Pet Petting Farm, children’s games, beer garden and raffle. The draw is $ 1 per chance or six for $ 5 with the 5 p.m. draw on October 3.
Harris said if anyone wants to be a flea market vendor, contact them or the Octoberfest Facebook page.
“We will also have rides and a train that will go around the island”, Harris said. “We will have an inflatable for children and entertainment.”
A parade will take place at 10 a.m. on October 2 and form in block 100 of Cats Creek Road, he said.
Something different this year is a color race and cornhole tournament through the Buckeye Allstars. The cornhole tournament costs $ 50 per team.
Kerri Lewis, owner of The Gym Factory, has so far said no one has entered the colors race.
“And only one team wanted to participate in the cornhole tournament”, she said.
This is the Allstars’ first time participating in Octoberfest, although they have already hosted a cornhole tournament at the Beverly-Waterford Homecoming.
“We all posted on Facebook”, Lewis said. “I find that very strange. Maybe it’s because of COVID (that people aren’t signing up). It’s a bit bad. It would be a good thing every year.
She said she wasn’t sure if they were going to run the Color Race as they would have to print T-shirts and time was running out.
“People can still register for the cornhole tournament until September 30,” she said. Interested teams can reach Lewis at 740-984-8060 via the Gym Factory Facebook page.
Michele Newbanks can be contacted at [email protected]
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