Oktoberfest is on its way to Marble Falls. Justin Watson, a manager at The Ragtime Oriole, is working with other Main Street merchants to bring the German-style festival to the downtown area Oct. 22-23.
Oktoberfest is an annual celebration of Bavarian culture, originating in Germany more than 200 years ago. Over time, the celebration made its way to Texas towns and cities, especially those with German origins, such as Fredericksburg, Watson explained.
Watson, who has spent years researching his own German heritage, was inspired by his domestic partner, Antje Morris, and Norwegian accordion player Raeidar Eliassen, who often plays at The Ragtime Oriole, in spearheading the event.
“There’s such a big German population in this area that it feels like we’re missing out on an opportunity,” Watson said.
The Marble Falls event will begin at 11 a.m. Oct. 22 at The Ragtime Oriole, 202 Main St., where Watson will serve liters of German beers for $15 while supplies last. He’ll also serve beers that the shop keeps on tap regularly. Musicians will perform live polka and Bavarian music throughout the day.
Bratwursts, pretzels, schnitzels, and other traditional foods will be served at the shop and neighboring stores, including Texas Elite Meat, Rae’s RBar & Grill, and Sugar Mama Cookies. Ms Lollipop Parties, Fun & Gifts will sell costume items such as lederhosen and dirndl dresses. Other participating Main Street shops include Trendy B Boutique, Eve Couture, and Marta Stafford Fine Arts.
Marble Falls city officials and staff, including Mayor Richard Westerman and Downtown Coordinator Erin Burks, are backing the event. Watson is collaborating with the city to help keep Marble Falls’ Oktoberfest safe and fun.
Watson hopes the event will grow into an annual celebration with areawide participation.