PRINCETON — Bureau County area residents won’t have to travel overseas to get a taste of German food, beverages and music.
The Bureau County Fair Board has planned its second annual Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday at the Bureau County Fairgrounds, located at 811 W. Peru St. in Princeton. Doors open at 4 p.m. with food beginning to be served at 5 p.m. and continuing until 8 p.m. or until it’s all gone.
On Tuesday, spokesperson Kathy Costerisan said last year’s Oktoberfest was a blast with between 450 and 550 people in attendance. This year’s Oktoberfest will be more of the same fun, she said.
Music will be provided Saturday by accordionist Terry Bredenberg of Peoria, who will play from 4 to 7 p.m. during the evening meal. In keeping with the spirit of the Oktoberfest, Bredenberg will wear traditional German bundhosen, a Tyrolean hat and Edelweiss suspenders, Costerisan said. He will play traditional German tunes plus some American favorites. Bredenberg used to play at the Kaiserhoff and played last week at Peoria’s huge Oktoberfest.
The evening meal, called abendessen, will include either pork schnitzel, bratwurst or a pork chop plus German potato salad, red cabbage, sauerkraut and spaetzle with gravy. The meal is $10 a person, but it includes the meat and all four side dishes so people are getting a lot for their money, Costerisan said.
Also available for an additional cost will be a variety of desserts, including strudel, apple cake and German chocolate cake, as well as the beverages, including four different kinds of beer, wine, pop and coffee.
Providing music for the second portion of the evening will be the German band “Die Musikmeisters.” From the Chicago area, the six-piece band sings in German and English and plays horns, accordions and even cow bells, Costerisan said. The band’s repertoire includes German polkas, waltzes, marches, dance music, as well as a variety of American favorites.
The evening will also include a polka dancing contest, which should be a lot of fun for both the experienced and non-experienced polka dancers in the audience. There will even be a “best dressed” contest for those who come in costume.
Looking ahead to Saturday’s event, Costerisan said Oktoberfest is an event that celebrates history and fun. The entire event is indoors, so if the weather gets bad, everyone can just keep dancing and enjoying their food and drinks, she said.
“There are a lot of people in the area who have a German heritage and may have had the German food as part of a family get-together. The food is a little unusual, and everyone will have the chance to try it out,” Costerisan said. “The music gets everyone’s toes tapping. It is infectious to clap along with the tunes or to go out on the dance floor to dance a polka or wave your hands around to the Chicken dance. It’s just a lot of fun for all ages.”
There will be a general $5 admission cover charge per person, which does not include the meal.
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