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Wilmont to celebrate Oktoberfest Saturday

WILMONT -- Beer, brats and music are just a few of the activities for Saturday's Oktoberfest event in Wilmont.

It is hoped that Oktoberfest will become an annual affair for the city, said Rita Cowan, Wilmont city clerk.

"A few people in town here wanted to do this, and with the early harvest, thought this would be a good year to do it," Cowan said. "It just came together like that."

The event will be the first one Wilmont has hosted in years.

"We wanted to get something like this going, because we have not had a town festival in a number of years," Cowan said. "We would like to make this an annual event.

"We'll have vendors who know the area there as well," she added.

The event will feature two live bands, local vendors, a beer garden, face painting, inflatables and crazy hair for the kids.

"I'm not sure what 'crazy hair' is exactly, but it sounds like they will probably do some fun things with the kids' hair," Cowan said with a laugh.

For those worried about potential weather issues, Cowan said alternative arrangements have been made.

"We also are going to have a heated tent," Cowan said. "We don't want people not to come because they think it may be cold and rainy."

Cowan said the event will serve brats and chips all day. The vendors will be set up from 2 to 6 p.m.

The first band, the Larry Olson Polka Band, will perform from 2 to 6 p.m.

The next band, the Hicktown Mafia, will hit the stage from 8 p.m. to midnight.

The beer garden will offer a variety of Oktoberfest beers as well.

Come rain or shine, Wilmont's first Oktoberfest begins 1 p.m. Saturday at the Probst Ballfield in Wilmont.