Oktoberfest is back in Wakefield today | New

Music, food, entertainment, shopping and beer will take over Main Street in Wakefield today as the Wakefield Village Association hosts its fifth annual Oktoberfest celebration from noon to 11 p.m.

Costumed characters, performers, a magician, local cheerleader shows and more will take place from noon to 5 p.m., providing a variety of entertainment for kids and families. The last RiverFire of the season will light up the Saugatucket from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. to dazzle participants with floating lights.

Vendors and artisans will set up along Main Street from Robinson Street to Kenyan Avenue, which will be closed to traffic for the event. A traditional barrel-tapping ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Biergarten, which will be set up in the car parks next to the Contemporary Theater Company.

“Early from noon to six is ​​a great feast for the senses,” said Oktoberfest President Kenny Burke. “We will have a wide variety of foods and sounds to suit all tastes. Whalers Brewing will bring their Rise and Shaidzon will host a local Oktoberfest. “

The Shaidzon Beer Company, located in West Kingstown, also supplied beer for the 2018 and 2019 celebrations. Märzen is the official beer style of Oktoberfest in Germany and Shaidzon produces its own annual beer.

“We do a lot of it,” said Shaidzon co-owner Chip Samson. “The biggest driver and driver of this is the Wakefield Oktoberfest. The event is very impressive. It’s busy, lively, active and fun from start to finish. It’s great that he’s back. I mean in 2019 it was probably the biggest event we’ve done in terms of beer poured. “

The presence of a good beer requires that it be accompanied by delicious food. Wakefield Oktoberfest plans to make sure that happens. Authentic bratwurst and sauerkraut, schnitzel, apple cider and pretzels will be on sale in the Biergarten, along with other American standards such as burgers, hot dogs, chicken, fries and beef. corn in kettle.

A small, traditional-style parade called the Münchner Kindl Parade will start at 3:30 p.m. Traditional music will be provided by the Hofbräu Spieler Band, a traditional German oompah group, which will perform the expected polkas and waltzes.

After 5 p.m., the traditional music will be replaced by local groups including The School of Rock band from Massachusetts, Rhode to Bali, The Manatees, Yohanna Escamilla (a flamenco dance troupe), The Silks and to end the evening, Dudemanbro.

What is music without dancers and performers? Amanda Selemi will dazzle with the fire dance, SGTV Alpenblumen Schuhplattler dancers will perform traditional Bavarian dances, the dance of the Tir Na Nog Irish Dance Studio will be accompanied by aerial stunts by the famous Surf to Sky.

“We are all volunteers,” said Burke. “We love doing this for Wakefield. While I wouldn’t say it has become too massive a program, we get around 2,000 to 3,000 people throughout the day. I mean anytime you can have 500 to 800, maybe even 900 people at a time. “

Event information such as the calendar of events, supplier locations and tickets are available on the association’s website at www.wakefieldvillageassociation.com/oktoberfest. Dedicated parking lots are located around Wakefield in Peacedale and a shuttle has been hired to tour the area to make it easier to attend the event for those who need to park further afield.

“We provided a continuous shuttle to help people get to the event,” said Burke. Burke said the shuttle will loop consistently and has been updated with GPS to make it easier for people to locate and enjoy it.

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