Oktoberfest coming to Fishers


By Dan Domsic

The same organization that brought you fireworks and a patriotic celebration earlier this summer will be rolling out an event featuring sauerkraut, knautwurst and more at Fishers Oktoberfest at Saxony this fall.

While the event being conducted by Fishers Freedom Festival, Inc., is some time away (Sept. 28 from noon to 10 p.m.), the organization is looking for more sponsors. It’ll be held at Witten Park, 13257 Saxony Blvd.

While the event predates the organization’s involvement, it will be the third year the Fishers Freedom Festival organization has put on the shindig, which serves as a fundraiser for the annual June celebration, the organization’s Backpacks for Kids program and more.

There is no admission fee, but a canned good or toy for the Good Samaritan Network is suggested.

There are several activities lined up, including free activities and games for kids until 6 p.m. Three bands will be playing throughout the day, being capped off with a performance from Big Daddy Caddy.

“I just like seeing the kids and the families out there having a good time,” Jennifer Kehl, Fishers Freedom Festival executive director, said. “Even though we are serving beer, it’s still family oriented.”

Attendees of legal drinking age can indulge in Oktoberfest’s beer garden.

Kehl said tethered balloon rides also will be available until 6:30 p.m., weather permitting.

That activity will cost an extra $10. Food and beverages are the only other costs.

Kehl said a food drive also will be held for a local food pantry and that there will be 50 art vendors at the event and two, possibly three, food vendors.

To learn more about Fishers Oktoberfest at Saxony, visit www.fishersfreedomfestival.org.


The Music of Fishers Oktoberfest at Saxony

Noon to 3 p.m. – Polkamotion

3:30 to 6:30 p.m. – Stella Luna and the Satellites

7 to 10 p.m. – Big Daddy Caddy

Cutline:  Fishers Oktoberfest at Saxony has been held for the past eight years.

A Kehl mug can be pulled from the Freedom Festival story from earlier this summer.