After a three-year hiatus, Oktoberfest will return to New Albany.

The free, two-day event will be held from 3:30 to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, and from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, on Market Street behind the CVS Pharmacy store at 175 W. Main St.

Hans Schell, president of the New Albany Community Events Board, which has organized Oktoberfest in addition to the annual SpringFest and Independence Day celebrations, said the rain-or-shine event targets New Albany residents and people from surrounding communities.

"We want New Albany to be very user-friendly and open to surrounding neighborhoods," he said.

The last time Oktoberfest was held in New Albany was 2016,when it was behind the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany at 150 W. Main St., Schell said.

Since that time, city officials have talked about bringing back a third season event for New Albany, he said. This year, New Albany City Council members approached the events board about bringing back Oktoberfest, he said.

The last few times the Oktoberfest was held, the event suffered from bad weather, said council member Matt Shull.

"It just didn't make sense to do it," he said.

Shull said council members began talking last year about bringing back the event, but they decided to wait until this year for better timing.

They also decided to move the event to September in hopes the weather would be more favorable, he said.

Council approved $45,000 for the event this year, Shull said.

City leaders are excited to support the return of Oktoberfest, said Mayor Sloan Spalding.

"We have heard from the community that they want more and genuine entertainment options, so hopefully this is an event they will come out and support," he said. "I know I will be there."

Oktoberfest is designed for adults and families, Schell said.

An area with children's games and an inflatable bounce house will be open each day until 9 p.m., Schell said.

Food and dessert vendors will be available, and a beer garden will stock beer, wine and alcoholic seltzer-water beverages, he said.

Patrons will be able to purchase pumpkins and chrysanthemums, Schell said.

On Sept. 27, Martini Affair will play from 8 to 11 p.m., he said.

The Sept. 28 entertainment schedule will include one-man band A.J. Angelo from 2 to 4 p.m. and the Reaganomics from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Schell said.

The football game between Ohio State University and the University of Nebraska will be televised on a large screen at 7:30 p.m., he said.

Free parking will be available off of Village Hall Road across from the New Albany Police Department at 50 Village Hall Road, Schell said.

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