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Community gearing up for Delton Oktoberfest


Luke Froncheck

Contributing Writer

The first annual Delton Oktoberfest will kick off at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at William Smith Park in Delton. The event will feature a variety of music performers, a cruise-in and food vendors.

Ron Daniels, owner of Go Go Auto Parts in Delton, has been one of the key organizers for the celebration, along with Barry Bowers and Paula High.

“We want to show how much William Smith Park is growing with the new playground equipment and the upcoming amphitheater and we want to celebrate the growing Delton community around it,” Daniels said.

“I think this is a really cool time to have a party. We want to celebrate the fall and the color of the leaves before the winter comes down on us.”

“The support of the community was just overwhelming,” High said. “This community always comes together, regardless of the event, whether it be to help a family or to start an event like Oktoberfest. They just say, ‘How can we help?’”

Music will begin with the Crossroads Band from 3 to 5 p.m., followed by Joe Ferguson’s Big Boss Band from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Both bands will then share the stage together to perform collectively at 8:30 p.m. Groovy Tunes sound and lighting will provide support for the performers.

The cruise-in, sponsored by GoGo Classics, will begin at 4 and run until dusk. The cruise-in is open to everyone, Daniels said, and it doesn’t take a classic car to take part.

“If you can drive it, you can bring it,” he said.

The first 200 vehicles to arrive at the cruise-in will receive dash plaques.

Delton Moose Lodge 1649, one of the major sponsors, will have a beer, wine and liquor tent.

Additional sponsors Jerry and Tammy Vanderweele from the Galesburg Meat Company will have food available for purchase and are expected to have a selection of various meats, side dishes and a beverage.

Dozens of Delton-area businesses are sponsoring the event, Daniels said. Several individuals are helping with arrangements. The township along with the police and fire departments are on board, as well.

And he’s ready for inclement weather.

“This is a rain-or-shine event,” Daniels said. “We’ve got multiple tents for cover and bonfires to help with the chill.”

This will be the first Oktoberfest, but he said he expects it be an annual event the second Saturday in October well into the future.

More information on the event can be found on the Delton Oktoberfest Facebook page.

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