How about a brat or a bit a gator? Food choices varied at Oktoberfest


Tribune photo by Aaron Piper/ Herschel Zahnd of Seymour works at the Willkomen auf Unserenn Stand selling cinnamon rolls, coffee and hot chocolate at the 2012 Oktoberfest in downtown Seymour.

Tribune photo by Aaron Piper/ Seymour resident Steve Gresham flips barbeque on the grill at Miss Piggy's BBQ Oktoberfest booth. Oktoberfest was held in downtown Seymour from Thursday to Saturday.

When it comes to memories of Seymour Oktoberfest, people remember sights, sounds and smells.

With almost 70 food booths, there are plenty of scents appealing to the olfactory nerves of people walking the streets of downtown Seymour this weekend.

“We have everything from fried alligator on a bun to brats,” Oktoberfest board member Ben Stahl said.

He said not everything is authentic German food but there are plenty of choices for people to enjoy. He said this year’s new food booths include Belly Buster Chops, Wisconsin cheese and the homemade salsa booth.

But some booths are more than just fryers and grills. There are many local organizations who put down their work for a few days to take part in the food of Oktoberfest, and most have been doing it since the first Oktoberfest 40 years ago.

Knights of Columbus member Rodger Lewis said his organization has sold bratwurst and homemade German potato salad since day one.

“The potato salad is what we’re known for,” Lewis said. “It’s made by little old ladies in the kitchen.”

The Knights of Columbus also organizes the beer garden in the parking lot behind PNC Bank on Second Street. He said organizations used to rotate running the beer garden, but the Knights of Columbus have signed up to work the area for the next 10 years.

Lewis said the organization uses the funds raised at the event to benefit the charities they regularly donate to, such as the St. Ambrose School and Gibault House.

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