A festival focused on family fun - that's what Oktemberfest is all about each year and people can expect the same when it returns this week
The annual fall festival in Marshalltown opens Thursday and runs through Sunday.
"It's all about families," said Marilee Weatherman, the 2012 Oktemberfest board president. "That's the big thing."
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A group dances down the street during last year’s Oktemberfest parade. This year’s parade will be at 10 a.m. Saturday.
This year's theme is "Hog Wild in Marshalltown," and JBS serves as the lead sponsor.
Thursday night it all kicks off with kids night with the 6 p.m. crowning of Little Mr. and Ms. Oktemberfest with several fun runs in Main Street to follow. It will also mark the opening of the four-day carnival that will be downtown with all the popular fair rides.
Friday night's events center around the popular car show downtown, with dozens of vehicles scheduled to be on display.
"Everything from Chevelles to Corvettes," Weatherman said.
The local band JJ Ace will also perform during the car show. The traditional spaghetti dinner will be served up from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The grand parade returns at 10 a.m. Saturday with seven marching bands and more than 100 entries already signed up.
The music won't stop there as live performances and demonstrations will be held Saturday afternoon on the courthouse lawn.
The Saturday night dance at Veterans Memorial Coliseum will feature even more local bands as Exit 185 opens at 7 p.m. and Loose Neutral plays from 8 p.m. to midnight.
A new event has been added to Sunday as there will be a pancake eating contest that morning. Competitors can plop down six bucks then go flapjack-crazy at the event.
"It should be a lot of fun," Weatherman said.
The motorcycle rodeo and BBQ competitions will also return as Sunday events this year.
Look for a special section highlighting more details on Oktemberfest events in Wednesday's Times-Republican.