The 2013 Oktoberfest cleared its final hurdle last week as Greenwood City Council voted to allow the consumption of alcohol along Oregon Avenue as part of the festival.
Oktoberfest came to life in 2012 when it was coupled with Click646, an event centered around photography. In 2013, there will be no Click646, but Oktoberfest lives on. The event will be held Thursday, Oct. 17, along Oregon Avenue.
In 2012, the City of Greenwood passed an ordinance to allow alcohol to be consumed on Oregon Avenue as part of the festival. The ordinance passed both readings by a vote of 5-2, with councilmen Johnny Williams and Ronnie Ables dissenting. In 2013, the votes were the same. The second and final reading of the ordinance was passed at council’s regular meeting last Monday.
This year’s event is scheduled for a Thursday to coincide with the Live After Five scheduled for the same day. The musicians performing this year will be Sonia Leigh and Stevens Lane. The stage will be set up on Oregon Avenue as opposed to the regular Live After Five location in front of County Bank.
Festivities will kick off at 6 p.m. German food will be served up Montague’s, Stumps BBQ and others. German beverages will be provided by Howard’s On Main and The Mill House. The music will crank up at 6:30 p.m.
There will be two other associated events held the same evening as Oktoberfest. The first is a Lander University Art Faculty Exhibition entitled “Independent Study.” The art will be on display at the Arts Center of Greenwood for 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. There will also be a reception at Sundance Galleries for the new “HOPE” calendar. Now in its second year, the calendar is a collaboration between Jon Holloway and the Humane Society of Greenwood. The calendar features photographs of animals that have been adopted from the animal shelter. The reception will begin at 5 p.m.