FAIRFIELD — Fairfield First Fridays and the Oktoberfest Committee will host their annual Oktoberfest celebration from 6-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, in Fairfield’s Central Park.
This is the 13th year the Oktoberfest Committee has organized the event.
Activities for the evening include live music by The Boys from 6-10 p.m. The Boys are a local band from southeast Iowa featuring Kevin Robinson (The Talent), Adam Klett (The Mouth) and Lee Klett (The Muscle), according to their Facebook page. The band’s newest member is Jarod “Randy” Conrad, who performs on bass and vocals. The group specializes in today’s country tunes with a touch of classic rock.
There will be the annual Wiener Dog Races, blowing of the Alpine Horn by Francis Thicke to kick off the event, lawn games, a photo booth, dog parade, carriage rides, prize drawings, giveaways, and a few new fun activities for kids.
Those who wish to volunteer may contact Fairfield First Fridays director Marla Brader at 641-233-8883 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Brader said previous Oktoberfest celebrations featured polka music. This year, the organizers booked a country act hoping to attract a younger audience. Also, unlike earlier Oktoberfests, there will not be a beer garden at this event.
The largest Oktoberfest is held in Munich, Germany, spanning 16 to 18 days from late September until the first Sunday in October. About 6 million people attend it every year. According to tandem.net, the first Oktoberfest was held in Munich in 1810 to celebrate the wedding of a prince and princess, and the event became an annual tradition.
The timeline for Fairfield’s Oktoberfest is as follows:
6 p.m. — Wiener Dog Races Registration
6 p.m. — Carriage Rides start
6:05 p.m. — Blowing of the Alpine Horn by Francis Thicke
6:10 p.m. — The Boys, live in the Ron Prill Bandstand all night
6:30 p.m. Wiener Dog Races begin, followed by Pup Parade
There will be food vendors, artists, crafters, and more set up in Central Park. Attendees are encouraged to stop by the Fairfield First Friday’s tent to register to win prizes, also there will be treats for the kids, as well as for the pups.
There will be many locations on and around the square open for the evening, a few are listed below:
Americus Gallery-100 W. Burlington Ave. Americus Gallery featuring Christopher Kufner’s new show called “The Muse” consisting of 18 paintings from his private collection. Several of these paintings are new and have not been displayed outside of the artist’s private residence. Also, showing original oil paintings by Kim Kufner, New Original watercolor and ink paintings by Genevra Bell, Art Glass Vases by David Lotton and dichroic glass jewelry by Pedro Lujano. Gallery Hours: Tuesday — Thursday 10 — 6, ArtWalk Friday 10 — 8, Saturday 10 — 3.
At Home Store- 52 N. Main St. Open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Cooking demonstration: Exploring the Bounty of the Fall Apple Harvest from 7-8:80 p.m.
Crest Jewel- 48 N. Main St. Featuring work by David Kupferman and Terrence Kennedy. Open 7-9:30 p.m.
Fairfield Art Association- (inside the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center) announcing the opening of a new exhibit by Iowa Art Quilters on Friday, Oct. 4. Nineteen Iowa artists will be included in this display in the Main Gallery at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center. A reception for the artists and guests is from 6—8 p.m.
The Art Quilt Exhibit will include a special project of 14 Iowa Buildings comprised of the following: Postville, Iowa State Capital, Lynnville’s Wagaman Mill, Lewis’ Hitchcock House, Nashua’s Little Brown Church in the Vale, Ames’ Morrill Hall, Charles City’s Carnegie Legacy, Sioux City/Woodbury County Courthouse, Fairfield’s Bonnifield Cabin, Corning’s Opera House, West Bend’s Grotto of the Redemption, Chariton/Lucas County Courthouse, Lansing’s Old Stone School, and Creston’s Phillips 66 Station.
Artists participating in this exhibit include: Janet Bergeron, Tricia Coulson, Mary Cecil, Karen Grimes, Linda Nelson Johnson, Sue Kluber, Jane Knapp, Judy Ludwick, Norrie Macllraith, Susan McIntyre, Sal Miller, Janet Pittman, Wendy Read, Sandy Rieber, Barbara Riggs, Lois Sheriff, Jean Taft, Carol Trumbull and Patricia Weber.
Health and Wholeness- 52 S. Main St. PILLARS OF THE COMMUNITY — Collection One-By: Kesryth. Solo Exhibition, The show will be held from Sept. 6 to Oct. 25. This show contains eight portraits of people who are a large part of what makes Fairfield the wonderful place it is. Those whose portraits will be included are Bill Teeple, Dr. John Hagelin, and Mayor Ed Malloy, among others.
Henderson’s/Cindy’s Art Beat-53 W. Broadway Ave. Henderson’s Gallery: The Portrait Show — A Group Exhibit opens at Henderson’s Gallery starting Oct. 4 through Nov. 23. Featuring Southeast Iowa Artists: Carlene Atwater, Cindy Ballou, Elaine Duncan, Carol Gunn, Eileen Hawthorne, Leagh Janell, Jessica Kirby, Kella J, Irene Murphy, Tim Murphy, John Preston, Barry Ross, Cris Soth, and Bonita Versh. Hours: Tuesday — Friday 10-5 and Saturday 11-3. Open First Fridays 6-9 p.m.
ICON Gallery- 58 N. Main St. ICON Main Gallery: Fairfield Collects- ICON presents a rare opportunity to see highlights of artwork from private Fairfield collections. The exhibit includes art from many countries, time periods, and genres, and will feature original works by Warhol, Blakelock, Courbet, Dali, Boudin, and many others. ICON Mezzanine: The Hudson Collection Gallery. First Friday hours: 6:30-10 p.m.
SOMM Wines- South Main Street- Free wine tasting from 5-9 p.m.
Stuff a Bear and More- 53 N. Court St. — Hosting Halloween coloring contest.