ANDERSON – Think polka music, brats, beer, and … art. The Anderson Center for the Arts brings Oktoberfest to downtown Anderson on Thursday for its 16th annual event. The popular street festival capitalizes on a German theme to deliver food, fun, entertainment and more.
Pretzels take on a whole new dimension this year at the center’s Oktoberfest.
“For the first time ever, we’re going to have a Pretzel Contest – kind of a triathlon of pretzels,” said Deborah Stapleton, director of Anderson Center for the Arts. “I just think it’s a hoot …. It’s something fun that people can participate in.”
Yes, expect teams of three to be stacking pretzels, tossing them for the pretzel cornhole tournament, and toting them in the pretzel relay. There will be three rounds of pretzel competitions with the first one set for 4:30 p.m.
“I’m so excited about it because it’s fun and different,” Stapleton said as she laughed.
Also new to the festival this year is a book booth and a boutique inside the center, both with gently used items to browse and to buy starting at 11 a.m. Doors open for Casserole Kitchen sales at 11 a.m. as well. These are frozen homemade dishes that can be purchased for use in your own home when the mood suits.
Food is a big part of the day’s activities. Brats play a starring role during both lunch and dinner. The latter includes sauerkraut, German potato salad, and maybe a slice of Black Forest Cake for dessert. The First Episcopal Church will also be serving up its famous strawberry shortcake. Wander into the biergarten for beer and wine.
All throughout the event, the strains of German music will waft, with a disc jockey keeping the polkas coming.
“People love to listen to it and dance,” said Stapleton. “Some people come and dance out in the middle of the street.”