Oktoberfest | Maeystown, IL

Maeystown is quite unique in size and topography. Being only one block big and with traffic limitations, it takes strategic planning and much patience to get almost one hundred vendor spaces ready to go by 9:00 a.m. on Oktoberfest morning. That’s why the art, craft, antique, and food vendors are requested to set up on Saturday, the day before. The weather forecast for that Saturday evening was looming. It took the vendors more than a leap of faith to move in, unload and protect their merchandise from impending storms. But, they did just that and kept coming in all day.

Again, we were very fortunate and had a sunny autumn Sunday with fall leaves at their peak. The exceptional crowd seemed to enjoy the variety of foods from the grand opening of Vici’s Front Porch & Tea Garden’s pumpkin apple soup to rib eye sandwiches and homemade pies. The diversity of the vendors merchandise such as the three string guitars constructed from almost any found object including an oil can to the hand turned wooden pens proved to be interesting. Undoubtedly there are many reasons that Oktoberfest draws such a crowd. Whatever they are, we are extremely thankful to have such support for our Preservation Society.

By: Anita Muertz

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