Annual Oktoberfest benefits everyone

It’s time to get your polka on and pull up the lederhosen.

Although for many children, Wednesday night’s carnival rides will signal the start of the 40th annual Seymour Oktoberfest, the downtown festival officially kicks off Thursday evening.

That’s when the Seymour High School Marching Owls will usher in opening ceremonies and officials will crown a prince and princess — young children who have collected penny votes to help others.

We encourage everyone to go downtown during the festival, which continues Friday and Saturday, enjoy the food and beverages, check out the arts and crafts, enjoy time with your family and friends, renew acquaintances and maybe even strike up some new friendships.

Whether old or young, the festival offers many activities for all of us to enjoy.

It also provides an important revenue stream for many local service groups, churches and the Oktoberfest Board itself, which over the years has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants to area charities and programs.

So bring a few bucks with you to enjoy a terrific brat or fish sandwich, a mouthwatering apple dumpling or a satisfying beverage of your choice.

And should your choice of beverage involve some hops and barley, please remember to enjoy it responsibly. Don’t ruin the evening for yourself or others.

Again, take yourself out to Seymour Oktoberfest, dance a polka, or do the chicken dance perhaps, and enjoy yourself.

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