Olde Pickerington Village next weekend will offer its own twist on a Bavarian tradition when local business and community leaders team with Combustion Brewery & Taproom to present Oktoberfest.
The Pickerington Village Association and Combustion will host Oktoberfest from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 22, in the parking lot at Combustion, 80 W. Church St.
The event will feature live music, food trucks and varieties of locally crafted beers provided by Combustion, Homestead Beer Co. in Heath and Rockmill Brewery, 5705 Lithopolis Road N.W., near Lancaster.
There also will be an Oktoberfest After Party in The Loft at Combustion from 8 p.m. to midnight with live music from Ryan Smith.
A portion of the proceeds from sales will go to benefit local nonprofit organizations, the PVA, the Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society and the Pickerington Food Pantry.
"We wanted to have something in the fall and we approached Combustion to see if they'd be interested," said Peggy Portier, a PVA board member. "We just wanted to have a fun event that would bring people into the Olde Village."
Portier said Oktoberfest will take place in a fenced off portion of Combustion's parking lot. It's free for all ages to attend and guests can enter and re-enter the grounds, but those over the age of 21 must show identification in order to buy alcohol.
"You have to show your ID to get beer," Portier said. "It doesn't matter how old you are."
Combustion Brewery & Taproom owner Sarah Jackson said Oktoberfest is an effort by the PVA to enhance the community by relating history and the area's character.
She said the event will help support the association and its merchants, as well as the historical society and people in need of food assistance.
"Oktoberfest is designed to be a fun and free community event that brings people into the Pickerington Village to listen to music, enjoy food and beer, and to benefit three nonprofit organizations in the village," Jackson said.
"Attendees are encouraged to bring a camp chair or picnic blanket to sit in the lawn.
"There will be games for the crowd to participate in between musical acts. Attendees can also look forward to stein-holding competitions, yodeling contests, leiderhosen/derndl contests and more."
The event's music lineup includes Free Range Chicken, which will perform from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Route 161 Happy Wanders, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.; Shorty Allen from 4 to 4:45 p.m. and Willie Nelson Mandela from 6:15 to 8 p.m.
Food will be offered by Blystone Farm LLC, Poppy's Roadside Diner, Romeo's Pizza and Rime Time.
"No tickets are needed," Jackson said. "We will move inside to The Loft at Combustion in the event of inclement weather."
Jackson said she hopes the event will lead to "community building and to invite people down to the Village."
She said Oktoberfest will rely solely on volunteers and people are encouraged to help.
Additional volunteer information is available on Combustion's Facebook page, and those who sign up to work will receive an Oktoberfest T-shirt and a beer token.
"It's free to get in and you just have to pay for your food and beer," Portier said. "If you want to make a donation, we're happy to take donations for the three nonprofits the event is supporting."