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The Greer Station Oktoberfest Plans to be Bigger and Better


September 13, 2007

(GREER, SC) Guten Tag! Citizens Building & Loan and GreerNow Magazine are pleased to present the Greer Station Oktoberfest that will be on Saturday, October 6, 2007. This exciting event will take place in Greer’s historic downtown on Trade and Poinsett Streets 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. Traditional lederhosen and dirndl, the authentic dress, is also encouraged for the event.

Entertainment for the day includes performances by the Little German Band & Dancers, Walhalla German Dancers, Holzhackern Tyrolean Band, the Alpenlanders, and the Foothills Oompah Band. The Jewels by Park Lane Stage located at the bottom of Trade Street will host the Little German Band & Dancers from 12:00-4:00pm and then the Holzhackern Tyrolean Band from 5:00-9:00pm. The Poinsett Street Stage will host the Alpenlanders from 12:00-3:00pm and the Foothills Oompah Band from 4:30-8:30pm. “We are very excited to be able to offer even more traditional German music at this year’s Oktoberfest,” stated Scott Harke, Oktoberfest Chairman.

Festival goers should expect their mouths to melt from the array of German foods and desserts that will be served. Participating restaurants include: Bistro Europa, the Cazbah, Lesa’s Restaurant, Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria, the Great Bay Oyster House, Justin’s Steakhouse, and Blue Ridge Brewing Co. Menu items include bratwursts, potato croquettes, rueban sandwiches, beef over spätzle, German potato soup, German chocolate cake, roasted pork loin with German potato salad, veal bratwursts with peppers & onions, black forest cake, Bavarian cinnamon roasted nuts, and much more fantastic foods will be sold anywhere from $3 to $6. 

Not only is the Greer Station Oktoberfest centered around German themes, it is embracing local artists and celebrating their creative works. Forty-five 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 in the brand new “Spaten Biergarten” located on Victoria Street during the festival. The biergarten will also include several regional microbrews including Thomas Creek, RJ Rockers, Foothills, and Terrapin. The festival will also have 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 click here to learn how to get involved.

The Greer Station Oktoberfest is presented by Citizens Building & Loan and GreerNow Magazine and is joined in support of the event by Partnership for Tomorrow, The Greer Herald, Pepsi, My 102.5, Greater Greer News, Jewels by Park Lane, Spaten, BMW Manufacturing Co., Founders Federal Credit Union, Greenville Federal Credit Union, Neuenhauser, Inc. , Prudential C. Dan Joyner/Donna O. Smith & Partners, SEW-Eurodrive,  and the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce.

For the Schedule of Events, click here.

For Other General Information, click here.

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