MINSTER — The village of Minster throws one of the area’s biggest Oktoberfests downtown this weekend. The emphasis is on celebrating the village’s German heritage — but the goal is having fun, and you don’t have to be German to have fun.
The 44th Minster Oktoberfest includes three areas of free entertainment, the Spass Platz, Heritage Beer Garden and gazebo.
“This year we do have a car show parade, so those cars entered into the car show are welcome to go ahead and parade down Fourth Street. That will be on Saturday at 1 p.m.,” said Theresa Thien, advertising and publicity for Oktoberfest.
The jug hoist competition has changed. There are no sponsorships this year. Individuals may sign up. Cost to participate in the jug hoist is $5.
“It will be open to the first 19 individuals that sign up. Last year’s winner is automatically entered into the contest for a total of 20 competitors,” said Thien.
The parade begins at 2 p.m. Sunday. This year’s grand marshal is Father Rick Nieberding.
“I believe there are 150 to 200 entries. It’s a very good parade. Usually it’s one of the bigger ones in this area,” said Thien.
The event draws people home to Minster.
“There are many times we say, you walk the grounds and you will run past your classmates from 25, 30 and 40 years ago. There’s a lot of people that come home. I have three college daughters, they all come home, they all bring their friends, it’s just something they come back for. It’s almost like a Christmas or Thanksgiving where everybody comes home to celebrate together,” said Thien.
Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511.