Downtown Findlay will celebrate some of Hancock County’s roots with a festival of German-inspired fun.
New this year, Oktoberfest Findlay! is slated for Sept. 26 from 2 to 10 p.m. on Main Street between Main Cross and Sandusky Streets. Downtown Findlay Coordinator Maria Reza said the festival evolved as a result of the large German culture that exists in the county and residents’ nostalgic memories of other area “Germanfests.” After further researching the Findlay area’s German roots, Reza and a group of some 40 committee members planned the fest. Already 200 volunteers strong, the family-friendly festival will feature German music, polka dancing on a wooden floor, a Volkswagen car show, children’s activities, a yodeling contest, brat eating contest, and a pageant for girls ages 4 to 18. Libations will also be available, with the official ‘tapping of the keg’ by Mayor Lydia Mihalik at 4:30pm. Reza said it has been exciting to see how the community has rallied in cooperation for this first year event. Sponsors include: Alexandria’s, Rochester Mills Beer Company, Hancock County Convention and Visitors Bureau, 100.5 WKXA, 1330 WFIN, 106.3 The Fox, Taylor Volkswagon of Findlay, Cooper Tires, Beerco, Eastman and Smith Ltd. Attorneys at Law, TJD Industrial Services, and Fifth Third Bank.
For a complete schedule of events, visit DowntownFindlay.com, or the Oktoberfest Findlay! Facebook page.
To volunteer, contact Reza at 419-422-3313. Forms for bands and pageant contestants can be found on the web site.
Admission tickets will be sold the day of the event at marked entrances. Cost is $5 for adults 21 and over and $3 for individuals under 21.