OktDoverFest set to beautify downtown

The country sounds of the Mason Dixon Band will ring out Sept. 26 at OktDoverFest. (Submitted photo)

The country sounds of the Mason Dixon Band will ring out Sept. 26 at OktDoverFest. (Submitted photo)

DOVER –– OktDoverFest, a downtown Dover fall street festival, is back for a second year.

The event, scheduled for Sept. 26, will include traditional aspects of Oktoberfest such as food, music and of course, beer.

“Last year went great and everyone had a blast so we knew we had to bring it back again this year,” said Cameron Lewellyn, one of the event’s organizers.

The event kicks off on Loockerman Street at noon with a push up contest to bring together Dover Air Force Base airmen and civilians for which all proceeds go to USO Delaware.

Once the contest wraps up, the street fair will get going with the Dover German American Club on site to celebrate Dover’s German heritage while

Local favorite Mike Hines and The Look will close OktDoverFest. (Submitted photo)

Local favorite Mike Hines and The Look will close OktDoverFest. (Submitted photo)

donning traditional Oktoberfest attire.

Most of the day’s activities are free of charge such as live music by The Tommy Alderson Group, the Mason Dixon Band and Mike Hines and the Look. Illusionists, magicians and clowns will also put on free shows while a cornhole tournament stays open for all attendees.

The winners of the tournament will hold bragging rights until May’s History, Heritage and Hops festival, also put on by OktDoverFest organizers, held during Dover Days weekend.

There will be plenty of fun for adults at OktDoverFest, most notably drinks provided by 10 local breweries, distilleries and wineries. Drink passes or “beverage passports” are $47 each and include unlimited tastings for the day. Full glass wine pours are available for $5 each. Drink tickets can be purchased online at eventbrite.com by searching “OktDover Fest” or on Loockerman Street the day of the event.

OktDoverFest is a pet- and family-friendly event with plenty of activities for the kids such as face painting, a moon bounce, balloon animals, slides and games.

Families can snack on food from 33 West, Angelo’s Pizza, Caribbean Cuisine and Frankfurt Bakery along with a handful of food trucks offering a wide range of fare.

“This is an event no one will go hungry at,” Mr. Lewellyn said. “There will be a ton of options and something for everyone.”

Last year, all proceeds from OktDoverFest went toward USO Delaware but this year’s focus is the beautification of downtown Dover. May’s festival was also used for downtown beautification and Mr. Lewellyn said it paid for the pressure washing of three blocks downtown, both buildings and sidewalks.

“We want this event to bring together as many members of the community as possible, all in celebration of the revitalization of downtown,” Mr. Lewellyn said.

That’s why this year’s event is scheduled for September; to avoid other local events like NASCAR race weekend. And although “Oktoberfest” suggests the event takes place in October, the German tradition typically begins in late September.

Last year’s OktDoverFest attracted about 1,000 people and the goal this year is to triple that number and there are many things to draw people out.

“We are looking forward to everyone having a great time again this year and hopefully it will be an even bigger and better event,” Mr. Lewellyn said.
Loockerman Street will be closed during the festival but most of the street’s shops will be open so OktDoverFest attendees can walk around and support locally owned businesses.

The fun is expected to last until 9 p.m. For more information, visit www.oktdoverfest.com.

Reach staff writer Ashton Brown at abrown@newszap.com. Follow @AshtonReports on Twitter.

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