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Saturday's Oktoberfest offers wide variety of events, food and beverages

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Oct. 12, 2018 10:05 am Updated: Oct. 12, 2018 10:51 am

QUINCY -- Bigger and better.

That's the goal of Oktoberfest organizers leading up to the sixth annual event, sponsored by the Quincy Rotary Club and scheduled for noon to 10 p.m. Saturday.

The celebration will be on York, anchored between Ninth and Tenth Streets, with more Oktoberfest events sprinkled across the city's south side.

The Dick Brothers Brewery complex will serve as a focal point for Oktoberfest, which acknowledges the city's German heritage.

Admission is free, with assorted foods and beverages available.

Tracy Orne, longtime Rotary Club member and former club president, said Oktoberfest has grown each year, and she is expecting between 3,000 and 4,000 to attend the event during its 10-hour time frame.

"Fifty-six percent of Quincyans claim German ancestry," Orne said. "I think that's one of the reasons Oktoberfest is so popular."

Orne said the marriage of Oktoberfest and the Rotary Club was a natural.

"We were looking for another large fundraiser, with one of our goals to help bring people back to the south side of town and help bring that area back to life," she said. "We felt celebrating Quincy's German heritage was a perfect opportunity to do that."

Orne said Oktoberfest now draws attendees from across the tri-state area.

"Oktoberfest is becoming a destination weekend for many folks," she said.

Proceeds from Oktoberfest help fund the 105-member Rotary Club's service and capital projects. The Rotarians are the oldest service club in Quincy, currently in their 102nd year.

Among the Oktoberfest highlights will be:

º Rotarians serving German fare, including bratwurst, kraut, German potato salad, baked pretzels, hot dogs and hamburgers. Fall domestic and import beers and German wine from Quincy's Haubrich Enterprises, Mississippi Belle and Rinella Company will be for sale. Water and soda from Refreshment Services Pepsi will also be available for purchase.

º Beer connoisseurs will be able to sample new craft brews from 4 to 7 p.m. in the York Street Room of the Dick Brothers Brewery Bottle House. Cost will be $10 per person.

º A home-brew tasting area sponsored by HOMEBANK is part of the Oktoberfest tunnel tour experience and will be open noon to 3 p.m., while supplies last.

º A new, exclusive Posh Parties on Park Place tour has been added to the day's tour lineup and is sponsored by Klingner and Associates and made possible by the Quincy Historical Society. Tickets are $10 and available for online purchase only.

Tourists will stroll the boulevard of Quincy's first planned neighborhood, hear stories of wealthy Park Place residents' lifestyles during the early 1900s and step into three homes' dining rooms decked out for 1900s "upper-crust" events. Information about 13 homes will be shared.

Tours will take place at 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tourists are asked to park at Luther Memorial Church at 12th and Jersey. Tours begin at 1215 Park Place.

º Tours of the underground brewery tunnels will be available from noon until 8 p.m. Tours take place every 15 minutes. Limited reservations for tour slots at the top and bottom of each hour are available with online payment of $10 per person.

Tour tickets may also be purchased the day of the event for other assigned times.

º Calf Town tours, sponsored by the Quincy Convention and Visitors Bureau and made possible by the Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County, will be offered from noon to 4 p.m. Participants will be transported from Ninth and York through Quincy's south side Calf Town to learn about the history and architecture of the area. Cost is $10 per person and reservations can be made only online.

º Live entertainment will be made possible this year by First Bankers Trust. The Uber Cool Band will play from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and The Bolzen Beer Band will entertain audiences from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Both are interactive, polka cover bands.

º A city-provided shuttle from the Quincy Senior Center parking lot at Sixth and York to the event site will be available free of charge from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Guests may also park in the city lot at Eighth and Jersey, Salem Church at 439 South Ninth or nearby streets.

Go to quincyrotary.org/oktoberfest for more information, or the Rotary Club of Quincy's Facebook page.

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