The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

September 15, 2013

Fall festival added to Oktoberfest

By Robert Barron, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Oktoberfest is scheduled for Oct. 4 during Main Street Enid’s First Friday event this year, and a fall festival has been added for families.

Kelly Thompkins, executive director of Main Street Enid, said the fall festival will be 6-9 p.m. on the Garfield County Court House lawn.

“We’re adding to it from last year, but it’s similar to last year,” Thompkins said. “We decided to add family friendly events.”

The festival will include a bounce house, bean bag toss, pumpkin decorating and baking contest for the kids. Public Library of Enid and Garfield County also will have storytime for kids. Thompkins said some of the games would be aimed at smaller children. She said Oktoberfest has been a Main Street event about 10 years.

Up the street, a polka band will be set up in the 200 block of North Independence, in front of Callahan’s. The band will play 7-10 p.m., she said. In addition to the band, some games for adults will be featured, including a bungi run and inflatables for grown-ups.

“Brats and beer will be available in the grown-up area,” Thompkins said.

A band also will play in the Breezeway on West Randolph that night. Point of Origin, a band which includes several Enid firefighters, is scheduled to play, and the American Garfieldi car show also is scheduled downtown.

Elaine Johns, speaking about the American Garfieldi Car Show, said the event also will include face painting and live music by the Crooked Canyon Band.

“Last year, more than 125 entered. We had all kinds of cars and motorcycles, everything from classic to hot rod to antique,” Johns said. This year, there will be more than 20 prizes awarded to entrants. The car show will be 6-9 p.m. with a cruise on Van Buren 7-11 p.m.

Cars will showcase along west Broadway, while the band will play in front of Broadway Tower. Johns said there always are lots of activities and it is a family-friendly event.

“There’s stuff for men to do this time, there will be a little man stuff,” Johns said. “We may have a car bash, we’re looking at cars. Guys usually bring their kids down to look at the neat cars.” There also will be concessions such as snow cones and cotton candy, she said.

Cars will be displayed in the area along Broadway, down to Oklahoma Glass and Wallpaper and back around to Broadway Exchange to TuTu Sweet Bows, she said. All of the businesses in the area also are involved and some will have prizes. “There normally are jumpy toys and brats, the Shrine clowns, and several other things going on during that time,” Johns said.

“This should be a good companion to what Enid is doing downtown for First Friday,” she said.

Sonic sponsors the car cruise, Civitan Club will have a bake sale and Johns said there are “some really neat cars” to be showcased in the event, some worth in excess of $100,000.

All proceeds will benefit the Vietnam Wall project. Last year, the show raised $6,000.