Annual event draws crowd
By John Faucher
Mike Seitz and Rita Holm of Manawa might have been new to the annual Oktoberfest celebration in Hortonville, but they will definitely be back next year for more.
Seitz and Holm were dressed in authentic German outfits Saturday, as they listened to the Dorf Kapelle band play in front of Donaldson’s Gourmet and Gifts.
The two raised their steins and spoke German cheers.
“If Dorf Kapelle is playing, I’m there,” said Seitz. “This is a nice event, we will definitely be back.”
A variety of Polka bands performed on the Mike Murphy Ford Stage for the duration of the nine-hour long event. Vendor booths surrounded the grounds in front of Donaldson’s, and Bricks Hortonville Hardware.
Ethnic foods, drinks and beverages were served, while the kids visited inflatable rides, face-painting booths and a petting zoo.
A special apple pie-eating contest was held for the kids during the afternoon.
Eight year-old Cecily Cluff was in the village visiting family and decided to try the contest. It was her first pie-eating contest. She did not win the event, but all signs indicated she enjoyed the apple pie.
“She’ll be back for more,” said her grandmother.
Both children and adults tried their luck at bobbing for apples and many families took advantage of Saturday’s fair weather and went on hay wagon rides through the village.