Maggie Valley Oktoberfest to benefit VFW
Maggie Valley is set to host the inaugural Oktoberfest Oct. 4 and 5 at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds.
The main goal is to benefit local charities and help the local business in the Maggie Valley area. One charity that will benefit from this event will be the local VFW. Tuscola High School Baseball team will also be manning a pretzel and Pepsi booth to raise money.
Festivities of the event are set to include a D.J, live music such as the Hill Country Band, Caribbean Cowboys, kid zone, 50/50 tickets to benefit local charities, brat and other authentic German foods, craft beer vendors and more.
Jim Higel, owner of Legends Sports Grill, is one of the organizers. He had attended an Oktoberfest in Cincinnati, Ohio for many years and wants to bring that kind of event to Haywood.
“We need an Oktoberfest — there’s nothing in Haywood like this,” he said.
“Obviously we are in hopes that not only locals will attend, but people from out of town.”
With free admission to the two-day event, he expects to have 3,000 to 5,000 people at the first-ever event.
“Our website will be linked to approximately 100 German-American clubs all over the US. Preferred lodging participants will be able to link our website to theirs,” he said. “We will have posters and flyers in Knoxville, Greenville and other outer lying areas averaging two to three hours away.”
Another goal is to increase tourism and help the local businesses thrive in Maggie Valley. Each sponsor of the event will be able to have a booth to provide information for tourists.
“Everyone visiting will know everything about Haywood County,” he said.
An appearance by the 9-foot Mr. Wiener Dog to lead the chicken dance will be a hit with young and old alike. Local businesses are working together to host this event and bring a fun event to the area. Maggie Valley Oktoberfest promoters are still looking for food vendors, crafters, volunteers and other charitable organizations.
Higel said five food vendors are on board but he is still looking for more people to specialize in German food, including desserts. The event will have barbecue, Higel is making cheddar sausage and cheddar worst and J. Arthur’s is providing hamburgers and hot dogs.
In addition to Miller Brewing being on site selling beer, Higel said there would be 10 other breweries offering their brews. The beer vendors will compete for a best beer tent décor trophy during the event.
Local companies who have already climbed on board include Pepsi, Taylor Ford, Cataloochee Ski Area, Legends Sports Grill, Maggie Valley Club and Resort and most local lodging businesses just to name a few.
“Everyone is so gung ho,” he said. “Already people are booking hotel rooms so it will fill up fast.”
For more information or to contact organizers about sponsorship or vendors, visit www.maggievalleyoktoberfest.com.