Oktoberfest comes to Maggie Valley
Bring your lederhosen and your lawn chair to the inaugural Maggie Valley Oktoberfest this weekend, Oct. 4 and 5 at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds.
Admission to the event is free and attendees can enjoy a full day of live music, beer, authentic German food and more.
The main goal is to benefit local charities and help the local businesses in the Maggie Valley area. One charity that will benefit from this event will be the Maggie Valley 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 from the Hill Country Band, Caribbean Cowboys and more, a kid zone, 50/50 raffle tickets to benefit local charities, horseshow contests, lawn darts 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 hope 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.
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.
Higel said five food vendors will be serving food and a 500-seat food court will be set up at the festival grounds. He added that everyone should stop by his Cheddar Haus booth where he will be making cheddar wurst. The event will also have barbecue 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.”
Be sure to bring your own lawn chairs to set up close to the stage to enjoy the live music.
For more information or to contact organizers about sponsorship or vendors, visit www.maggievalleyoktoberfest.com.