Avalon Faire has announced “it’s a go” on plans to host their Oktoberfest celebration next weekend, Friday, September 25 and Saturday, September 26.
Gregg County Fire Marshal Mark Moore inspected the fairgrounds Wednesday morning before giving Avalon Faire founder Adi DiShion and vendor coordinator Gelene Grim-Marquez the thumbs-up for the celebration, which will feature German food, beer, music and games.
DiShion said the event will kick off Friday, Sept. 25 with activities similar to its “Faire Fridays” events. Faire Fridays were started this year after DiShion was forced to cancel Avalon’s spring season in April due to COVID-19.
Friday’s entertainment lineup will include live music from Black Ice, as well as traditional fair concessions including hamburgers and hot dogs.
The festivities will take on a German style on Saturday, with games, German food and beer and the ever-popular Chicken Dance.
The menu will include German & Hungarian brats, smoked sausages, chicken schnitzel, German potato salad, roasted pork, red cabbage, sauerkraut and strudel. Commemorative beer steins will be on sale for $15 and the purchase includes a free beer fill.
Next Saturday, guests can enjoy live music from Jen Ford and the Wide Eyed Devils and The Jukebox BOOMers.
Guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or picnic blankets for socially-distanced seating and face masks are advised for guests when they are not eating or drinking.
Hand sanitizer stations will be provided.
The news comes as a relief to Oktoberfest-loving Kilgoreites get relief after so many events, it seems, have been canceled or abbreviated due to COVID, including downtown’s annual chili cookoff.