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Oompah Bands, Bratwurst, and More at the Upcoming Countybank Greer Station Oktoberfest


September 12, 2011

The Board of Directors of the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce has announced plans for the 6th Annual Countybank Greer Station Oktoberfest presented by Spaten in downtown Greer, SC. The event is scheduled for Saturday, October 1 from 12:00pm to 10:00pm on Trade Street.

Lynn Pascazio, Director of Marketing for the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce states, "This year’s festival will be one of our best yet. We have more German food offerings than we’ve ever had and are anticipating record crowds!

Sponsors for the 2011 event are:
Title Sponsor: Countybank
Presenting Sponsor: Spaten
Official Soft Drink Sponsor: Pepsi
Oompah Stage Sponsor: Greenville Hospital System
Wine Valley Sponsor: Founders Federal Credit Union
Bistro Sponsor: SEW Eurodrive
Biergarten Sponsor: Exigent
Media Sponsors: Greater Greer News, Greer Citizen
Saeurkraut & Sausage Sponsors: West Chase Apartments
Pretzel Sponsor: Anytime Fitness - Wade Hampton, Costco Wholesale, Greer Commission of Public Works, Cherrydale Family Chiropractic

Entertainment for the day includes performances by the Channelheimer’s Oompah Band, Walhalla German Dancers, 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 bratwurst, kielbasa, sauerkraut, German potato pancakes, pirogis, schnitzel, apple strudel, funnel cakes, pretzels, roasted almonds, maultaschen, oniontarts, red cabbage, Black forest cake, German chocolate 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.

The ever-popular Chicken Dance Competition is now open for voting at www.greeroktoberfest.com!

Participants include:
Anytime Fitness
Chick-fil-a of Greer
City of Greer Fire Department
City of Greer Parks & Recreation Department
The Cottages of Brushy Creek
FOX Carolina Morning News
Greer Middle College Charter High School
Greer State Bank
The Hawk & Tom Show on B93.7FM
MVC Research
Quaker Steak & Lube
Valley Falls Terrace
WSPA Your Carolina & Scene on 7

200+ volunteers are needed to help run the event. If you are interested in volunteering, please call the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce at 877.3131.

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. Everyone will be carded. 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.

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