HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Fall is the time for beer and brats. Enjoy both at the first Oktoberfest Festival in downtown Hannibal, starting at 11 a.m. Saturday. The event is hosted by Access to Healing and Wellness, and proceeds will benefit the organization.
"Fall is the perfect time to attend outdoor events, especially Oktoberfests," said Carrie Danner, vice president of the Access to Healing and Wellness board. "For those in Hannibal, you don't have to travel far to attend one."
For the last several years, Access to Healing and Wellness has held an Oktoberfest pub crawl to raise money to help increase access to mental health and wellness activities and services to local children in alternative care. This year, the organization decided to host an Oktoberfest event iat a central location -- the corner of Main and Bird streets -- and expand its offerings.
Music will be performed throughout the day, and various contests will be offered, including a costume contest and chicken dance contest. And, of course, there will be plenty of German beer and food.
About 15 different fall beers will be available for sampling at the Badger Cheese Haus biergarten, 204 Bird St. Brats, pulled pork, sauerkraut, German cheese and German potato salad will be served also.
The event is free to attend and food and drinks will be available for purchase.
"This should be a really fun event to attend, and it supports a great cause," Danner said. "We hope this will lead to a bigger Oktoberfest celebration next year."