After a string of successful First Saturdays this summer — although the weather could have cooperated a little more for a few of them — the program winds up this weekend with Oktoberfest.
Organizers promise a “full, full day” of activities, most in the Platzl. This year, the First Saturday committee is pleased to welcome Overtime Brewery on board and the local brewery has invited other craft brewers to join them for a Platzl beer garden. It will be set up near the Gazebo and open all day, noon to 9 p.m. The Heid Out and the Cannery breweries will join Overtime, so head down for an Oktoberfest stein.
Overtime has also taken owner ship of a Rugby Sevens tournament which will be taking place at McKim field. Rugby teams from Vancouver, Calgary, Lethbridge and local teams will be taking part.
Opening ceremonies with Burgermeister McCormick begin at noon and right before that is the kids parade. Kids are asked to meet at Centre 64 at 11 a.m. The Steppin’ Out Dancers have a few surprises at 12:30 p.m.
There will be live entertainment all day as well, with a focus on German music in the afternoon, featuring European Cuts, L8 and Claence Uhll on the accordion. At 4 p.m. catch the Rosie Brown Band and GUTS and then enjoy the Hollers from 7 to 9.
At previous First Saturdays, the action switched up to Centre 64. This Saturday, for Oktoberfest, it all stays in the Platzl. The Elks Club is planning an Amazing Race event at 6:30, the Arts Council will there with brats and pretzles to go with the beer. There is also an Elks barbecue. And don’t forget the pretzel toss and strudel eating contests.
And you can end the day at the Elks Club with a dance with Mile High Club beginning at 9 p.m.
There’s your full, full day, Kimberley. Enjoy Oktoberfest.