Owosso Oktoberfest Celebration

(Independent Photo/Graham Sturgeon)

Owosso Mayor Ben Frederick officially kicked off the third-annual Oktoberfest Saturday, Oct. 15 with the ceremonial tapping of the keg at the intersection of W. Exchange and N. Ball streets. Frederick talked about how the event has grown since it debuted in 2014, and thanked all who have helped make the three-day event bigger every year, including this year’s sponsoring partner, Main Beverage. Prior to the tapping of the keg, Frederick presented Shiawassee Regional Chamber of Commerce (SRCC) Vice President Sue Kadlek and Oktoberfest Planning Committee Chairman Joe Oginsky with special Munich-made mugs in appreciation for making this year’s event possible.

Once the beer was flowing, Oktoberfest officials gathered for a group picture. From left are Main Beverage representative Chris Zoellner, Kadlek, Main Beverage representative Brian Rojas, SRCC President/CEO Jeff Deason, Ludington Electric and SRCC member Carl Ludington, Shiawassee Convention & Visitor Bureau Director Kim Springsdorf, Slingerland General Sales Manager and SRCC Board of Directors Chairman Jay Slingerland, Frederick with wife Lydia, Oginsky, and Lenny Gomulka & the Chicago Push accordianist Richie Zebrowski.

The weekend’s festivities began with the opening of the Biergarten Tent Friday afternoon, with “The Beer Run” 5K walk/run and the St. Julian VIP Wine Tasting getting the party started. Lenny Gomulka & the Chicago Push and La Corporacion entertained party revelers all evening. Saturday began with the Tour Shiawassee seven, 20, and 40-mile bike rides, hosted by the Owosso Rotary Club. The afternoon and evening featured the Beer Stein Endurance Contest, Bed Races sponsored by the Shiawassee County Homeless Coalition, Tejano music by Conjunto Champz, and the WODtoberfest Cross Fit Competition, with Lenny Gomulka & the Chicago Push and Gerry Kaminski’s Polka Network entertaining in the Biergarten Tent. The festival closed at noon on Sunday, with the morning’s activities including a community church service, and a polka brunch at D’Mar Banquet Center.

was last modified: October 19th, 2016 by Karen Elford