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On tap for Oktoberfest: Food, fun, music downtown

October 12, 2018

FLORENCE, S.C. – The sixth annual Downtown Florence Oktoberfest looks to have perfect weather and a good cause on tap for Saturday.

The event, which will run from 6 to 10 p.m. in the 100 block of South Dargan Street, will feature music, games, German food, beer and wine.

The profits from the event will be donated to the Florence Police Benevolence Fund to help the officers and their families who were involved in the Oct. 3 shooting that left Sgt. Terrence Carraway dead and six other law enforcement officers wounded.

Highlights of this year’s festival will include beer barrel and beer stein races, with winners to receive $50 in food and drink tickets and a trophy, plus the annual “Running of The Wieners.”

The short race for dachshunds will be held at 7:30 p.m. Anyone with a wiener dog (dachshund) or “almost wiener dog” can enter. The first-place winner in each of the two categories will receive $50 cash and a trophy. There also will be a prize for best dressed wiener dog.

Prizes of $25 in cash and $25 in beer and food tickets also will be awarded for the best-dressed humans (male and female).

“This event is always one of our best attended of the year, and we are pleased to not only offer the community this annual event, but this year it will have special significance, because it will provide funding for the Florence Police Fund,” said Ray Reich, downtown development manager. “If the turnout is as strong as usual, we anticipate being able to contribute thousands of dollars to the fund.”

Saturday’s weather forecast calls for sunny skies and a daytime high of 76 degrees falling throughout the night to a low of 54.

This year’s food offering includes:

The Wurst Wagen from Columbia will have all of your favorite German wursts, including Bavarian bier brats, knackwurst, curry wurst and kielbasa. You can get them a la carte or with your favorite German salats and krauts.Ya Hungry Food Truck from Kingstree will feature bratwursts, kraut and other short-order snacks.Victoria Heath, a popular regular vendor at many downtown events, will have German pastries, sweets and breads.Victors will serve spaetzle with beer cheese and bacon and crispy waffles with fried apples and a beer caramel.Liberty Station will have brats and kielbasas with German salads.Erica’s will serve sausages and brats as well as German-style funnel cakes.Wholly Smokin’ will feature BBQ Sandwiches with slaw and mac and cheese (a.k.a. spaetzle).Chef Adam Silverman will offer schnitzel, sauerbraten and warm German potato salad.

Beers on tap this year will include:

Angry Orchard Cider.Sam Adams Octoberfest.Southern Barrel O’fest.Foothills O’fest.Highlands Clawhammer.Weistenphaner Fest Bier.People’s Porter.Highlands Pilsner.New Belgium Atomic Pumpkin.Southern Tier Pumpkin.Bud Light.Michelob Ultra.

In addition to beer, Dolce Vita will offer a selection of German wines.

Traditional Oktoberfest music will include polka and oom-pah music, but Port City Shakedown also will perform. The band from Wilmington, North Carolina, performs a mix of Motown, soul, classic rock and today’s hits.

Admission to the event is free, but you are encouraged to take your own chair. Limited seating will be available.

Oktoberfest is a presentation of the Florence Downtown Development Corporation, AECOM and S.C. Federal Credit Union.

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