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Don't Forget Your Lederhosen for the Greer Station Oktoberfest


September 16, 2009

(GREER, SC) Guten Tag! Spaten is pleased to present the Greer Station Oktoberfest that will be on Saturday, October 3, 2009. This exciting event will take place in Greer’s historic downtown on Trade Street from 12:00-9:00pm. The Greer Oktoberfest focuses on the traditional German Oktoberfest themes with flags from Bavaria featured throughout the street in hopes to transform downtown Greer into a Bavarian Hamlet.

Entertainment for the day includes performances by the Channelheimer’s Oompah Band, Walhalla German Dancers, Al ulle and the Dueling Slovenians, Lorelei & Schatzi, and the Foothills Oompah Band. The Costco Wholesale Stage located at the bottom of Trade Street will host the Channelheimer’s Oompah Band from 12:00-4:00pm and then the Foothills Oompah Band from 5:00-9:00pm. The Pretzel Stage located at the top of Trade Street will host Al ulle and the Dueling Slovenians from 12:00-4:00pm and Lorelei & Schatzi from 6:30-9:00pm. Strolling musicians include violinist, Hans Wolf, and the Walhalla German Dancers will be performing from 5:00-8:00pm throughout the festival. “We are very excited to be able to offer more music at this year’s Oktoberfest,” stated Scott Harke, Oktoberfest Chairman.

Traditional lederhosen and dirndl, the authentic dress, is also encouraged for the event. The Greer Station Oktoberfest is giving away FREE steins to those who attend in the authentic attire. If you would like to receive your free stein, please stop by the information and volunteer booth next the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce during the festival. Steins are available on a first come first serve basis and while supplies last.

Festival goers should expect their mouths to melt from the array of German foods and desserts that will be served. Participating restaurants include:
Barley's Taproom and Pizzeria
The Cazbah
Eagle Kettle Korn
Ellen's Delicatessen & Catering
The Great Bay Oyster House
Gripps Grills
Lunch & Such
Nutty Bavarian
Rhino Concessions
Menu items include bratwursts, German meatballs, German funnel cakes, kettle korn, knockwurst, wiener schnitzel, German potato salad, fresh baked pretzels, corned beef brisket, reuben sandwiches, red cabbage, German chocolate cake, Black forest cake, and much more fantastic foods will be sold anywhere from $1 to $5. 

Not only is the Greer Station Oktoberfest centered around German themes, it is embracing local artists and celebrating their creative works. Twenty local artists will be displaying their creative pieces all day in downtown Greer. Work on display includes everything from oil paintings, ceramics, photography, woodwork, jewelry and much more. Festival organizers are encouraging people to come and support these artists and delight in each unique piece.

The official festival beer will be the “Spaten Oktoberfest,” which is the world’s first Oktoberfest beer, created in 1872 for the Munich Oktoberfest. It will be featured at two locations within the festival – the corner of Randall and Trade Street and the corner of Victoria and Trade Street. The festival will also have Thomas Creek, Budweiser and Pepsi products.

Harke stated, “We hope that each attendee gets something out of their experience at Oktoberfest in downtown Greer, whether it be learning the traditional German dances or enjoying a freshly grilled Bratwurst.”

200+ volunteers are needed to help run the event. If you are interested in volunteering, please visit www.greeroktoberfest.com to learn how to get involved. You can also vote for your favorite Chicken Dance at www.greeroktoberfest.com for the next 2 weeks.

Sponsors for the festival are:
Presenting: Spaten
Official Soft Drink Sponsor: Pepsi
Stage Sponsor: Costco Wholesale
T-Shirt Sponsor: Wild Ace Pizza & Pub
Wine Valley Sponsor: Founders Federal Credit Union
Media Sponsors: Greater Greer News, Greer Citizen, Greer Herald
Saeurkraut & Sausage Sponsors: SEW-Eurodrive, Langford Electric, State Auto
Pretzel Sponsor: America's Satellites, Rainbow of Greer

Greer Station Oktoberfest
Schedule of Events
Saturday, October 3, 2009

12:00pm Festival Opens in Downtown Greer

The Costco Wholesale Oompah Stage
12:00-4:00pm Channelheimer's Oompah Band
5:00-9:00pm Foothills Oompah Band
Pretzel Stage
12:00-4:00pm Al ulle and the Dueling Slovenians
6:30-9:00pm Lorelei & Schatzi

Walhalla Oktoberfest Dancers will be performing in the streets from 5:00-8:00pm.

Strolling Musicians include:
Violinist Hans Wolf

9:00pm Festival Closes

Events all day:
Oktoberfest Celebrates the Arts
Twenty artists will showcase their creative works on Trade Street at the Oktoberfest. Work on display includes everything from oil paintings, ceramics, photography, woodwork, jewelry and more. Come out and support local art and delight in each unique piece.

General Information

Admission
The Greer Station Oktoberfest is FREE to the public.

Event Rules
No coolers, bicycles, lawn chairs, inline skates, or PETS allowed within the festival site.

Tickets/Wristbands
Tickets will be sold for beer products only. Individuals, 21 and over, who wish to purchase or consume alcohol beverages inside the festival barricades, must purchase a wristband for $1.00. Wristband purchases will be available at designated areas in conjunction with alcohol sales locations.

Restrooms
Portable restrooms will be available throughout the festival site. Please do not use the Greer Station merchants restrooms.

For additional information, please contact the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce at 864.877.3131 or visit www.greerchamber.com.


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