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Jefferson holds inaugural Oktoberfest Saturday

Staff report

October 23, 2013

Jefferson’s long-awaited inaugural Oktoberfest kicks off Saturday from 8-6 p.m., featuring traditional German food and music, arts and crafts, a vendor market and a beer garden.


The Museum of Ashe County History at 301 East Main Street will be the venue for Oktoberfest 2013, and also the Autumn Leaf Festival. Festival grounds will include a cordoned-off section of East Main Street from J&J Chophouse to the stop light near the Jefferson United Methodist Church.


The Harbour Towne Fest Band will perform traditional, German Bavarian music, and traditional dance lessons will be available while the band plays.


The band and will play 10-4 p.m., with brief breaks throughout the day. They will be on the main stage located on East Mains Strett in front of J & J Chophouse.


Other music will be presented on two stages throughout the day. The second stage, featuring local talent, will be located in the parking lot of the museum.


Attendees will enjoy wide variety of festival foods. A traditional German meal of Bratwurst or Knakwurst, potato salad and apple strudel will be available for $10.00. Wursts can be purchase separately for $6.00.


Attendees can enjoy their meal in a variety of locations throughout the festival. Other snack foods and yummy treats, including popcorn, will be available.


The beer garden will located in the front yard of J&J Chophouse. All draft beers will be N.C. craft brews, including Carolina Brewery of Raleigh, Green Man Harvest of Asheville, and Foothills Oktoberfest and Cottonwood Pumpkin out of Winston-Salem. All drafts are $5.00. A limited quantity of beer steins will be available first-come-first-serve.


Children’s activities will be included in the festivities. The National Guard will be providing pedal cars and basketball hoops. Face painting, side walk chalk activities, and more will be available to entertain the kids.


The Museum is a fun, history tour for kids of all ages, and all visitors are encouraged to tour the museum throughout the day.


The Autumn Leaf Festival will also be held at the museum, including heritage skills such as quilting, cider making, spinning, weaving, Civil War exhibits, living history, book signings and traditional mountain music. Civil War reenactors will also be present.


A 20-minute opening ceremony commences at 10 a.m., with a U.S. Marine retiree group presenting the colors. The national anthem will be sung, Amazing Grace will be played on the bagpipes, and opening remarks will be made by event sponsors and organizers.


Jefferson’s increasingly popular Olde Towne Cruise-In will return from 1-5 p.m., featuring vintage cars, trucks and motorcycles. All participant are asked to enter the Cruise-In at the intersection of North Main Street, South Main Street and East Main Street.


Vehicles will be checked in and assigned a spot. Once inside the Cruise-In, participants can leave any time by using the marked-off exit lane on Academy Street. Participants are encouraged but not required to stay for the entire Cruise-in, and there is no cost to those who wish to participate.


For more information about the cruise-in, contact Garry Elliott at (336) 877-0755.


The Olde Towne Market will be the place to find locally-made items and some one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts. A non-profit information area will offer a space for local groups to set up information kiosks for their causes and services.


Attendees can come by at 8 a.m. to help kick off the event or stop by anytime during the day until 6 p.m.. The Olde Towne Market vendor section will open at 8 a.m..


East Main Street will be closed to through traffic beginning at 5 a.m. Oct. 26, and will reopen at 8 p.m. the same day.


Vendor applications can be picked up at the Museum of Ashe County History or by emailing Stacy Maye at mayelegacy@gmail.com or Loni Miller at deepbluecreek@gmail.com.


This is a FREE event, with no admission cost to any activity. The beer garden will be separate, but does not require purchase to enter.


Additonal sponsors and volunteers will be very welcome. Sponsors and volunteers are invited to a private party Friday, October 25 beginning at 6 p.m., where they will meet the band and get into the Oktoberfest spirit.


These events are sponsored by the Olde Towne Jefferson Business Association.