By Jeffrey C. Karver, Esq.
Two hundred years ago, the people of Bavaria, in what is now Germany, began to gather together each September to celebrate the harvest, and they called the celebration Oktoberfest. For the past four years, Building a Better Boyertown has hosted its own Oktoberfest celebration, here, in our small community. Over the past four years, this event has raised more than $52,000 for Building a Better Boyertown (BBB). Those funds have helped fund BBB projects such as the recently completed “Street Scape” project in the center of town.
Boyertown’s Oktoberfest remains true to the original German Oktoberfest celebration by trying to provide a market for local farmers and local craftsman to sell their goods as part of our celebration. This year, on Saturday, September 15TH (rain date: September 22ND) about a dozen local farmers, who participate each week in the Boyertown Farmers’ Market and about 20 other local artisans & craftsmen, will gather on the Inner-Core Parking Lot starting at about 10:00 AM to display their goods and produce for sale. They’ll offer a tremendous variety of produce, crafts, and merchandise at great prices direct from the farm or craft bench.
And just as the Mayor of Munich opens the official Oktoberfest celebration, Boyertown’s Mayor and Council President will be brought onto the lot in a horse-drawn carriage to officially open our event at noontime on Saturday, September 15TH. Throughout the day, local, young-at-heart talent will provide live entertainment. The Boyertown Alumni Band will again provide musical entertainment at noontime. The entertainment will conclude in the late afternoon with the Schuplattler Dancers whose authentic German folk dancing has been a highlight of past celebrations.
And if you’re hungry, the organizers promise that Oktoberfest in Boyertown will offer the best assortment of bratwurst & sauerkraut, filled noodles, barbeque, French fries, and other dishes this side of the Ironstone Creek. It’s all prepared, fresh, by local food vendors throughout the day, and, this year, there will be plenty of sweets and dessert items available all day long. And, there will be plenty of your favorite beverages to accompany the food. If you’ve been collecting the authentic German souvenir beer mugs for the first four years, you’ll want to get in line early to purchase Fifth Anniversary mugs, featuring a new design, which have just arrived and can be purchased at the BBB office for $22.00 before the event, or for $25.00 on the day of the event. All in all, it’s a unique celebration of our area’s Pennsylvania German heritage, and a great way to catch up with friends and enjoy the pleasant late summer weather.