Oktoberfest set for Saturday

Mountain Top Polka Band will perform at the Oktoberfest in Doko Park on Saturday.

BLYTHEWOOD – Talk about a German invasion! This weekend will have that and more, much more in Doko park – a mountaintop polka band, an authentic German oompah band, yodeling, cows pooping money and many other fun activities.

The Blythewood Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a traditional German Oktoberfest, the first festival of its kind in the town. Admission is free.

The event, set for Saturday, Oct. 5, in Doko Meadows Park, will open at 1 p.m. and continue until 10 p.m.

There will be live music all day on the Palmetto Citizens Amphitheater stage: Stampede (southern & classic rock) will perform from 1 – 2 p.m.; Ramblin’ Road from 2 – 3 p.m.; the Stuebenville Tootlers from 3 – 5 p.m. and the Mountaintop Polka Band from 7 – 10 p.m.

Games and activities will include a yodeling contest, traditional German trachten dress contest, balloons, face painting, a photo kiosk and games, games and more games for the kids.

German cuisine will be plentiful. Food trucks with ice cream, sweets and ‘fair’ food will line the park and two biergarten tents will be open all day.

An Almabtrieb cow parade through the park will begin at 5 p.m., and the highlight of the day’s festivities will be cow patty bingo from 5 to 7 p.m., in the Farmers Market field next to Town Hall. Raffle prizes include 1st cow patty dropped – $250, 2nd – $500, 3rd – $750 and the grand finale cow patty will earn a lucky ticket holder $1,000.

Raffle tickets ($5 each) for cow patty bingo and Bavarian beer mugs can be pre-ordered at blythewoodoktoberfest.com or purchased at the event.

Sponsors for the event are McNulty’s Taproom, Mekra Lang North America, Founders Federal Credit Union, Buck, McDaniels Volkswagon, Constantia Flexibles, JTEKT, Koyo, TOYODA and Watercrest Senior Living Group.

For more information about the event, contact the Greater Blythewood Chamber of Commerce at 803-403-6769. Or blythewoodoktoberfest.com.