Greer State Bank Greer Station Oktoberfest presented by Spaten
September 3, 2010
The Board of Directors of the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce has announced plans for the 5th Annual Greer State Bank Greer Station Oktoberfest presented by Spaten in downtown Greer, SC. The event is scheduled for Saturday, October 2 from 12:00pm to 9:00pm on Trade Street.
“We are excited about this being the 5th anniversary of the Oktoberfest,” stated Adele Langford, Chairman of the event, “After the first year of the festival, we knew from community support and impact that the Oktoberfest was something that Greer truly embraced.”
In honor of the 5th Anniversary, festival organizers have announced a new Wine Tasting aspect of the festival. The Davenport Wine Tasting will be from 3:00pm to 5:00pm at The Davenport (located at 230 Trade Street). Tasters will have the opportunity to sample over 40 wines. Advance tickets are $25 and are available at the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce. Tickets will be available at the door for $30, but space is limited to 150 people.
Entertainment for the day includes performances by the Channelheimer’s Oompah Band, Walhalla German Dancers, Al Ulle and the Dueling Slovenians, and the Foothills Oompah Band.
Traditional lederhosen and dirndl, the authentic dress, is encouraged for the event.
Festival goers should expect their mouths to melt from the array of German foods and desserts that will be served. Menu items include Bavarian white sausages, leberkaus, knackwurst, bratwursts, fresh baked pretzels, German funnel cakes, kettle korn, spaetzel, chipstix, glazed nuts, 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. 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.
Langford 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 or call the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce at 877.3131.
A great group of corporate partners have joined the 2010 Greer State Bank Greer Station Oktoberfestl to support the Greer Community for the 5th Annual event:
Sponsors for the festival are:
Title Sponsor: Greer State Bank
Presenting Sponsor: Spaten
Official Soft Drink Sponsor: Pepsi
Wine Valley Sponsor: Founders Federal Credit Union
Biergarten Sponsor: Exigent
Wine Tasting Sponsor: The Davenport
Media Sponsors: Greater Greer News, Greer Citizen
Saeurkraut & Sausage Sponsors: America's Satellites, Dixie Home Crafters, Keith Smith Builders, Langford Electric, LLC, and West Chase Apartments
Pretzel Sponsor: Allen Tate Realtors, Anytime Fitness - Wade Hampton, Costco Wholesale, Greer Commission of Public Works, Darrah Family Chiropractic, D&D Motors, Greer Development Corporation, and Rodl Langford de Kock LLP
The festival is FREE to the public. Tickets for food and beverages can be purchased on site; art vendors sales are cash transactions. 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 ticket sales locations.
Pets, coolers, skateboards and bicycles are not allowed in the event site.
The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary, non-profit organization that represents approximately 600 businesses in the Greer area. The mission of the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce is “To Champion Economic Prosperity for our members and the greater Greer community.” For more information on the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce, call 864-877-3131 or visit www.greerchamber.com.