After a year without Oktoberfest, the Rotary Club of Olentangy has stepped in to roll out the barrel in Powell.
The local chapter of the international service group will present Powell Oktoberfest on Friday, Sept. 29, and Saturday, Sept. 30, at Village Green Park. While Saturday's event will be free, admission to Friday night's beer-, food- and wine-tasting event will cost attendees $40 at the door.
The tasting party will run from 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 29 and will feature performances by a comedian, a musician and a magician. The free event will run from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 30 and will feature contests, games, music and vendors.
Jerry Douglas, a Rotary member and chairman of the event, said Powell residents are ready for Oktoberfest's return.
"Everyone that we've talked to is very excited," he said. "They had a great time at the two events that were held (a few) years ago."
The nonprofit group Historic Downtown Powell in 2014 launched Oktoberfest in the city. The governing board for the organization, which changed its name to Heart of Powell in 2015, voted to dissolve shortly before the 2015 Oktoberfest event.
Powell City Manager Steve Lutz previously said city officials and Olentangy Rotary members discussed reviving Oktoberfest in 2016, but a lack of funding made it impractical.
Douglas said the group's charitable nature prevented it from having the wherewithal to sponsor the event late last year.
"Being a Rotary club, we don't keep the funds that we make. We give them away," he said.
This year, he said the club planned ahead for the event and secured sponsors to help defray the cost. He said the intention is for the event to break even in its first year back.
Rotary has secured an 8,000-square-foot tent in the hopes that it will encourage residents to show up even if the weather is not ideal.
Douglas said he hopes to see a lot of families enjoying the entertainment on the second day of Powell Oktoberfest.
"Saturday, we have a ton of kids activities," he said.
A cream-puff-eating contest will take place at 2:30 p.m., while yodelers will square off at 4:30 p.m.
For a full schedule of events and entertainment, visit powelloktoberfest. com.