Oktoberfest returns to DeKalb on Saturday after a year off

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DEKALB, Texas – Oktoberfest will return to DeKalb this Saturday after having to cancel last year due to COVID-19.

The event has been a city tradition since 1976 when the event was called Pioneer Day.

The festivities kicked off last weekend with Saturday at the park, but most of the activities are scheduled for that Saturday.

Oktoberfest committee member Donna McDaniel said they were just looking to keep the tradition alive.

“This has been going on for many decades,” McDaniel said. “A new committee has taken over this year, and we are working really hard to carry on some of the traditions of Oktoberfest.

“All the money raised through Oktoberfest goes back to the community – to organizations, clubs, students and things like that.”

The day will start with a pancake breakfast offered by DeKalb Fire Station. This will be followed by a parade starting at the nursing home and continuing down US Highway 82. A quilt show, variety show and more will follow later.

Joni Haldeman, former Oktoberfest president, has requested that the parade’s grand marshals be former event volunteers. There will be two floats of former volunteers during the parade.

“We asked Joni Haldeman to be the Grand Marshal, but as she always is, she doesn’t want to steal the show. So she asked that all of our volunteers be highlighted,” McDaniel said. “She wanted to recognize them. But at the end of the day, we carry on her tradition and her legacy.”

McDaniel said people were delighted that the festivities were back.

“We had Saturday at the park last weekend, and the most common thing you heard was ‘I’m so happy everyone is back,'” she said. “It’s an all-day event, and it’s a huge tradition here. We’re just trying to raise money to give back to our organizations and groups here at DeKalb.”

People gather at Oktoberfest 2018. (Photo courtesy of Donna McDaniel)

The full breakdown of Saturday events is as follows:

6 a.m. to 9 a.m. – Pancake Breakfast, New Fire Hall, Cobb Burkett Lane

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Vendors move into Runnels / Bowie Street / Family Life Center

10 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. – Parade begins at nursing home, continues on US Highway 82

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Jeep Show, Rails to Trails along US 82

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Art Show, DHS Art Club, Family Life Center

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Quilt Show, DeKalb Oktoberfest, Family Life Center

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Children’s Playground, KORDS Club and Bowie County 4-H, Telford Building

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Cake walk, DeKalb Majorettes, Runnels Street

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Beans and Cornbread, Williams House Museum

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Dunkin ‘booth, gaga pit, 4 square, DeKalb FFA, Bowie Street

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Abbi Krueger Capps, Backyard Jam, by Storm Shelter

Noon – Bingo, DeKalb Professional Women’s Organization

2:00 p.m. – Bingo, Hubbard Independent School District

5:00 p.m. – Oktoberfest Variety Show at DeKalb High School Auditorium

Open until 11 a.m. – Sunshine Carnival for children


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