Oktoberfest to take place at Town Center in Cherokee Village

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The second annual Oktoberfest will be held Sept. 26 at Town Center in Cherokee Village.

According to event organizer Graycen Bigger with the Spring River Innovation Hub, the festival will be held at the end of September in order to keep the tradition.

“We want to follow the traditional timeline for the event and it will be from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Hopefully the weather will be nice and if it is, we will have music outside at the gazebo, but, if the weather doesn't cooperate with us, we will just move inside the innovation hub like we did last year,” Bigger said. “James McLeod will be our spotlight artist, but he will be bringing some friends who will also perform.”

As part of the festival, Bigger said there will be bratwurst and sauerkraut for sale provided by Chow on the Square.

“We will have soda and other drinks available for purchase and we will also have some pumpkins for sale for fall. There will be a beer garden,” Bigger said. “This will be a family friendly event and a great way to support the innovation hub and town center. The funds raised during the event help with programming throughout the year. There is no cost to enter. Last year it was a successful event and people who came purchased what they wanted to and had a great time.”

Bigger said anyone who feels inclined to dress for the occasion is encouraged to do so in the spirit of the celebration.

“If you want to wear your lederhosen and bring your stein, I encourage you to do so,” Bigger said “We will have the beer garden roped off and people will have armbands for that. It will be informal, casual and a fun event for folks to enjoy and kick off the season.”

Bigger said the event will also be part of the buildup for the 65th anniversary celebration for Cherokee Village.

“We want to start getting ready now. We will have this and Christmas in the Village and then we will start ramping up for all of the activities for next year,” Bigger said. “This is the sapphire year and the committee has been formed for that.”

As part of the Oktoberfest celebration, the Arts Center of North Arkansas will open its gallery and also hold a drawing class that evening.

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