2012 Oktoberfest Brings Family Fun to Downtown Kokomo

Join us in Downtown Kokomo on the Courthouse Square for delicious food & drink, great live music, arts & crafts vendors, large Volkswagen Cruise-In, Chalk the Block (sidewalk chalk art contest), and plenty of family fun during the 2012 Oktoberfest.  The event will be held on Friday, September 28th from 4:00-10:00 p.m.  Admission is free.  Plan to eat, drink, and polka in Downtown Kokomo during this annual fall festival!

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2011 Kokomo Oktoberfest Offers Music, Food, Volkswagens & Fun

Children dance during the 2008 Oktoberfest in Downtown Kokomo

German food and drink, a Volkswagen Cruise-in, Chalk the Block, spirited music and dancing, vendors, and a special appearance by “The Mayor of Rock-N-Roll” – Elvis – will delight attendees at the 16th annual Oktoberfest event on Friday, September 23rd.  Festivities will take place on the Courthouse Square from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The event is sponsored by Center Township of Howard County and the Greater Kokomo Downtown Association.  Contributors to the festival include the City of Kokomo, Greater Kokomo Visitors Bureau, Howard County, Half Moon Brewery, Indiana American Water, Ivy Tech Community College, Waste Management, Wel-Don Pots and Z92Five & WIOU.

Center Township Trustee Jean Lushin, members of his staff, and volunteers will cook brats and hot dogs. Food and drink tickets are the same as last year’s prices. A brat dinner or hot dog dinner will be $5. Both dinners will have German potato salad or potato chips, sauerkraut, and soft drink or bottled water. There will be two hot dogs with the hot dog dinner. A $3 Kids Meal will include one hot dog, chips, and a drink. Additional soft drink or water will be $1.  Half Moon Brewery will provide light, medium, and dark beers in the beer garden, including a new Oktoberfest brew, for $4 each.

The Jay Fox Band will begin playing at 4 p.m. Based in Fort Wayne, Jay, whose great-grandparents were born in Germany, has more than 42 years of experience in music with a solid classical accordionist background. He was AAA National Accordion Champion in age-group competition for four consecutive years.  The band annually tours the Midwest and South, performs in Europe, and also plays numerous festivals, hotels, clubs, and public dances. Band members are fulltime professional musicians. They perform authentic Bavarian Schuhplatting (German shoe-slap dancing), Tyrolian Cow-Bell Ringing, yodeling, and numerous audience participation specialties.

In addition, Elvis is back for this year’s event.  Bruce Borders is the world’s first and only Elvis impersonator to be elected as a mayor and as a state representative. He served as mayor of his hometown, Jasonville, Ind., for eight years before taking a break to devote more time to his family and to his music. He re-entered politics and was elected as an Indiana state representative, a position he still holds.  As a result of his unusual combination of jobs, the Boston Globe gave him the title of “The Mayor of Rock-N-Roll.” After being elected as State Representative, the Indianapolis Star crowned him “The King of the Capitol.”  Bruce has entertained audiences throughout the world.  

All makes and models of Volkswagens are welcome at the annual Oktoberfest Volkswagen Cruise-In, which will be located on Sycamore and Buckeye streets on the south and west sides of the Square. This is a free event and begins at 4 p.m.  Garry McNew, President of the City of Firsts Volkswagen Club said, “this entire event started as a memorial to the late Roger S. Wright, proprietor of the Beetle Shop in Kokomo.  We’re really excited about keeping this tradition going”.  McNew suggests participants arrive early.  “We will fill the streets.  Last year, we had a record attendance and car participation from six different states and are expecting even more this year”, said McNew.  “We have an incredible weekend planned for everyone”.

Annual Oktoberfest Volkswagen Cruise-In in Downtown Kokomo

The second annual Chalk the Block event will be held again in the downtown square area.  There will be block sections dedicated to one of four categories: elementary students (1st through 5th grades), middle school students (6th, 7th & 8th grades), high school students (9th through 12th grades) and adults. According to Angie Meyers, Chalk the Block Committee Chair, “this year’s drawing theme is patriotic”.  Each participant will be given a blocked off section of sidewalk and 1 box of chalk.  Meyers suggests that each participant come prepared with a sketch, as two hours may not be enough time to come up with an idea and complete the drawing.

“Everyone is welcome to participate and there is no entry fee”, said Meyers.  She urges art teachers to encourage their students to participate. Ribbons will be given in the four categories and all participants will receive a ribbon for participating. Judging will begin at 6 p.m. and winners will be announced from the Oktoberfest stage.  You can register at Angie Meyers Design Studio LLC, 104 W. Walnut Street, or by calling 765-456-3800.  “Last year, we had 75 participants and anticipate that number growing this year so please pre-register by Thursday, September 15th”.  

A color guard from the Albert E. Shockey Detachment, Marine Corps League of Kokomo will present the U.S. flag during the singing of the National Anthem at 6:30 p.m.  In addition, vendors will be selling various items, including arts & crafts, desserts, and kettle corn during the festival.  Don’t miss a great evening of food, music and fun in Downtown Kokomo!

2009 Kokomo Oktoberfest

The Bavarian Showtime Band entertains children in the crowd

The Bavarian Showtime Band entertains children in the crowd

Mark your calendars!  Oktoberfest will be held on Friday, September 25 in Downtown Kokomo on the Courthouse Square.  Enjoy brats, hotdogs, sauerkraut, German potato salad, chips, and drinks from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.  Entertainment will be provided by the Rhum Academy of Music during lunch. 

The full festival will be open from 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm.  Admission is free.  Enjoy German food served in the food tent and German and domestic beers offered in the beer garden.  Jay Fox & the Bavarian Showtime Band will perform authentic Bavarian Schuhplatting (German shoe-slap dancing), yodeling, and other great audience participation specialties.  Vendors will be selling items such as ice cream, kettle corn, pumpkins, and strawberry shortcakes.  Face painting, inflatables, and kid’s games will also be offered. 

The City of Kokomo will have 9 snowplows on display.  Each one has been painted by local students, competing in the City’s 4th Annual Snowplow Painting Contest.  The winner will be announced and awards will be given at 6:15 pm.   

VW Cruise-in at Kokomo Oktoberfest

VW Cruise-in at Kokomo Oktoberfest

Also, don’t forget to check out the 5th Annual Roger S. Wright Memorial Volkswagen Cruise-in.  Over 100 Volkswagens were on display during last year’s event.  Do you have a VW you would like to display?  Just bring it down to Sycamore & Buckeye Streets.  Registration is free and starts at 4:00 pm.  Come and enjoy all of the great Volkswagens lining the downtown streets!

People enjoy the Volkswagen Cruise-in on a wonderful Fall evening

People enjoy the Volkswagen Cruise-in on a wonderful Fall evening in Downtown Kokomo

This affordable event is great for the entire family and a fun way to enjoy the start of Fall.  Join us on September 25 in Downtown Kokomo as we celebrate Oktoberfest!  For more information, call the Kokomo Downtown Association, 765-454-7926.

Kokomo Fall Trip Ideas

Fall is soon approaching.  Kids are now back in school, busy with school projects, club meetings, and athletics.  For many, Summer vacation is over, but that doesn’t have to mean the end of travel.  Consider this Fall as a perfect time to take a weekend getaway, especially to Kokomo. 

The leaves will soon change into vibrant orange, yellow, and red colors.  The air will become cooler, and vendors will begin to sell pumpkins and apples.  Kokomo has several Fall events that make perfect weekend getaway trip ideas.

KohKohMah & David Foster Living History Encampment

KohKohMah & David Foster Living History Encampment

KohKohMah & David Foster Living History Encampment – September 19-20 (Saturday 9am-5pm & Sunday 9am-4pm)
Take a step back and experience life in the 1700’s in Wildcat Valley, located in western Howard County.  Purchase items from Traders Row, watch craft demonstrations, listen to great music, enjoy unique food, and personally experience the French and Indian Battle by fantastic re-enactors.  For a full schedule of events, visit their website.   

Old Sycamore Farm
September 20 – October 31
(Hours: M-Th. 12-7pm, Fri. 12-6pm, Sat. 10am-6pm & Sun. 12-6pm)
Bring the family to this locally owned farm, where kids can pick their own special pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, play games, visit the petting zoo, experience candle-dipping, compete in the hay bale maze, pan for gem stones, and much more.  The farm also features a country store, selling locally made food items and crafts.  Visit their website for directions, prices, and photos.  Also, don’t miss their Haunted Barn, opened on Friday & Saturday evenings through Halloween! 

Country Store at Old Sycamore Farm

Country Store at Old Sycamore Farm

Kokomo Oktoberfest – 
September 25 (4-10 p.m.)
Visitors will enjoy German food, vendors, kid’s activities, fantastic live music by the Jay Fox and Bavarian Showtime Band, beer garden, and polka dancing.  In addition, there will be a large Volkswagen Cruise-in and VW vendors.  Admission is free.  Don’t miss this great family event in Downtown Kokomo!   

Volkswagen Cruise-in at Oktoberfest

Volkswagen Cruise-in at Oktoberfest

For a full list of events in the Kokomo area, visit our website.  Watch for more information on haunted houses and haunted attractions in Kokomo … to be posted soon!