Longer Oktoberfest savored in Boyertown

Saturday September 20, 2014 12:01 AM

Boyertown’s Oktoberfest continues today

Boyertown Mayor Marianne Deery and her husband, borough council President Frank J. Deery, tap the ceremonial first keg at 11 a.m. at the Inner Core Parking Lot off Reading Avenue. They’ll arrive in a horse-drawn carriage. She’ll be wearing a dirndl dress and he’ll have on lederhosen.Local crafters will be there throughout the day. The entertainment schedule includes:10:30 a.m.: Boyertown Alumni Ceremonial BandNoon: Stephanie Grace, a country singer from Douglassville3 p.m.: Auerhahn Schuhplattler Dancers5 p.m.: Toad Creek Music7 p.m.: Vuja De, a blues and rock bandThe event is free. Wristbands are required for those who wish to drink. They cost $3. They’re free with a membership card to Building a Better Boyertown. Purchasing a 2015 membership for $25 comes with a free wristband and a ticket to get a beer from the first keg.For more information, visit www.boyertown-oktoberfest.com.

As quitting time rolled around Friday evening in Boyertown, people streamed into the Inner Core Parking Lot, off Reading Avenue, for the first night of Oktoberfest. It’s the first time Building a Better Boyertown has hosted the event over two days, and residents couldn’t have been happier about it.
“Normally I can’t sleep the Friday before Oktoberfest,” said Dominick Panfile, 36, of Gilbertsville. “I can’t wait for the Saturday fest every year. Now this is a great way to start the weekend.”Panfile attended Oktoberfest with his wife, Michelle, who said she’s just as big a fan of the event.About 200 people attended, bopping along to the jams played by local rock band Free Way or grabbing dinner from local places like Sweet Beginnings, CD’s Place and The Grill Shop, which had tents set up in the parking lot.Cindy Clark, 71, spends her winters in Leesburg, Fla., but she makes sure to stay in her home in New Hanover Township long enough to make it to Oktoberfest every year.”I like interacting with the other people here and the musicians,” she said.Clark’s son-in-law Randy Dittman is a member of Free Way.The crowds got bigger as the sun began to set.”We couldn’t have asked for better weather,” said Adrianne Blank, Main Street manager with Building a Better Boyertown.The home brew competition was a highlight. Four judges and Boyertown Mayor Marianne Deery tried 16 beers, from sour beer to pumpkin ale.”There are people out there that say they don’t like beer,” said Michael Patten, who helped organize the competition through the home brewing club BruClear, based in Lower Pottsgrove Township. “I think they just haven’t tried the right one yet.”Dozens of people had fun trying and sharing the unusual beer flavors on offer.”It’s all about good beer, good food and a good time,” Panfile said.Contact Paige Cooperstein: 610-371-5021 or pcooperstein@readingeagle.com.

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