Oktoberfest will take over Market Square in the first weekend of October.

Oktoberfest will take over Market Square in the first weekend of October.

New Albany's second annual Oktoberfest will begin at 3 p.m. Oct. 4, offering food, games, football and festival staple -- beer.

Last year's inaugural event drew more than 4,000 people, so organizers are planning for a crowd with more to do and two Tron TVs for football.

"We are anticipating a larger audience this year," New Albany Community Events Board vice president Jodi Boals said. "Last year we had 4,000 to 5,000 people. If it does grow to be over 5,000, it will be nice to have two places to watch football."

Ohio State fans won't need to set their TiVos for the event. Oktoberfest will show Big Ten games, including OSU vs. Wisconsin.

Football and the beer garten won't rule Oktoberfest, though. The family-friendly event boasts music, crafts, games and a pumpkin recipe contest.

"One craft we're having is caramel apple decorating," Boals said. "It's like cookie decorating."

In addition to a corn-hole tournament, Oktoberfest also will have games brought in by local businesses and organizations.

"For games we're bringing back the popular toss-a-pingpong-ball-into-a-bowl and win a goldfish," Boals said.

The Church of the Nazarene is running the goldfish game and caramel apple decorating is provided by Associated Orthodontist.

"It's all about community involvement," Boals said. "We definitely invited community participation. We're having the Scouts help out; the neighborhood Kroger is our primary sponsor. We're encouraging local businesses and organizations to have things for kids to do.

"The New Albany Historical Society will be selling German pastries and cookies," she continued. "We want this to be a family event for the community of New Albany to enjoy with our own local vendors. It's just a lot of community involvement."

Oktoberfest will begin at 3 p.m. Oct. 4 at Market Square, 200 Market St.

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