Oktoberfest on Main

PLEASE NOTE:  This post references Oktoberfest 2011.  For information on Oktoberfest on Main 2012, please click here.

Think about your busiest month.  No doubt December springs to mind for a lot of people, with the holiday madness that begins at Thanksgiving and doesn’t stop until we ring in the New Year.  August can be a bear, too, with all the back-to-school preparations.  And April is always fun, with tax deadlines looming.  But October?  I mean, come on…who knew?

One look at the community events calendar was enough to convince me.  I don’t know if anyone else has noticed, but there seems to be an extra-lot going on in Sumter this month.  With the SC Humanities Festival going on now, the final Sumter@Six concert of the year, Art in the Park, a production of “Nunsense” at the Sumter Little Theatre, the Manchester Trail Ride, “Dracula” at the Opera House, the Mutt Strut, the…well. 

Following a highly successful first year, the city is pleased to welcome back Oktoberfest on Main, taking place on the first block of North Main Street on the evening of Friday, October 14, 2011.  This event, presented by Hamptons with additional sponsorship by Thompson Industrial, Stokes-Craven Automotive, EMS-Chemie, First Citizens Bank and State Farm, promises a full evening of friends, food and more.

Live entertainment will be provided by the Little German Band & Dancers, now celebrating their 40th year of costumed performing of traditional German and Bavarian music and dance.  Following is a live concert by Deaz-Guys, featuring a hot mix of Motown, reggae, pop, rock and R&B.

Advance tickets are $10, and are available NOW at the Swan Lake Visitors Center, Seaco Music and Hamptons Restaurant.  Whatever’s left will be sold at the door for an additional $5…and take that statement seriously:  last year, those tickets flew out of the Visitors Centers so quickly that the final days leading up to the event caused some serious stress amongst those who thought they’d missed out (in other words, it was almost a complete sell-out).  And as much fun as everyone had, it would be advisable this year not to wait until the last minute!  Phone orders can be placed at (803) 436-2640 or 1-800-688-4748 (Visa and Mastercard only for phone orders, please).  A portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit the Central Carolina Technical College Foundation.  Please remember that in order to purchase or consume alcohol, you must present ID. 

Of course, in addition to a variety of foods, there will also be German beer and wine for sale.  A full century after the first Oktoberfest was held in Munich, Germany, come on out and celebrate it Sumter style!  As they say in Germany, Ein prosit der Gemütlichkeit (and I hope that unlike President Kennedy, I didn’t just call myself a jelly doughnut—okay, that story is an urban myth, but it’s just too sweet to resist!)  See you there!

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