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Oktoberfest Celebrates 25 Years of Fun and Entertainment!

Hickory - Hickory’s Oktoberfest is celebrating its Silver Anniversary with three days of fun, food, games, crafts, vendors and a stellar line up of entertainment!

With five stages, the entertainment schedule will have something for everyone. The Main Stage will host Sol Driven Train as the Friday night headliner and Acoustic Syndicate as the Saturday headliner, along with a wealth of local and regional entertainment. Back this year is the popular Teen Stage, where local kids can get out of the garage and get on stage. The Pavilion Stage will feature more local and regional music, along with Oktoberfest favorite, the Foothills Oompah Band. The Singer/Songwriter stage will host up and coming musicians. In the Kidsfest area, young dancers and performers will make their parents proud!

Young and old alike will enjoy the Kidsfest area with amusement rides and games. Look for the Castle of Cans in the Kidsfest Area. Help fight hunger in Catawba County by donating food to build the Castle of Cans—the Castle of Caring. Area churches, civic organizations, businesses and individuals are encouraged to participate.

Parents and children alike will enjoy the fine craftspeople bringing handmade Arts & Crafts to Union Square Commons. Artisans will be selling items such as pottery, jewelry, glass, fabrics, paintings and wood crafting, just to name a few.

Commercial vendors will fill Second Street with a wide variety of merchandise ranging from sunglasses to handmade soaps to imported woodwork.

When you need a break from the excitement, there will be over 70 different treats, goodies and great food offered by the many food vendors located in the Pepsi Food Court. Here you will find everything from authentic German food to funnel cake.

Oktoberfest will be open Friday, October 8, from 12:00 p.m.—11:30 p.m., Saturday, October 9, from 10:00 a.m.—11:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 10, from 12:00 p.m.—5:00 p.m. in downtown Hickory. Make Downtown Hickory your destination the second weekend in October!

Donations from these fine sponsors make Oktoberfest 2009 possible: Alltel Wireless, Charter Communications, Coors Light, Pepsi, Beck's, Focus Newspaper, Kicks 103.3, WHKY 1290, the City of Hickory, Hickory Jaycees, Flatrock Grill, Lazydog Smokehouse & Saloon, 8th Floor Media, Big Dawg 92.1 FM, and Hickory Downtown Development Association.

For more information, please call 828-322-1121 or visit our website at .


October 8, 9 &10

Don’t Miss Featured Bands

Sol Driven Train & Acoustic Syndicate!

Your Guide To The Festival Starts Here!

Sol Driven Train is a band in motion. Perpetually piling on and off the bus, the momentum of their hard work and heart-felt music propels the group upward. At shows, the band members bounce to the pulse of the music along with the crowd. Stylistically the band “seamlessly mixes Allmanesque Southern rock, languid world-beat, swampy funk and downright catchy melodies as they swap lead singers and instruments.
9:15 – 11:30 pm Sol Driven Train - Friday, October 8th, Beck’s Main Stage.

Known for its high-energy, positive sound, Acoustic Syndicate delivers a genre-defying performance, masterfully blending its eclectic influences with trademark finesse that only 17 years of cohesive teamwork can bring. Acoustic Syndicate is the product of Cleveland County's McMurry clan. Guitarist Steve “Big Daddy” McMurry is joined by his cousins, Bryon McMurry on banjo and Fitz McMurry on drums. The three McMurrys also bring a trademark
vocal trio that only a lifetime of singing together can deliver.
9:45 - 11:30 pm Acoustic Syndicate - Saturday, October 9th, Beck’s Main Stage.

Letter From The Chairman

Raise your stein to Bavaria, slip into your lederhosen, cheer the oom-pah and celebrate Hickory’s Oktoberfest. This year marks a major milestone for the festival! Oktoberfest is celebrating 25th years in downtown Hickory. What began as a small celebration on the corner of 2nd and Main has blossomed into a weekend that attracts more than 100,000 people and provides an estimated $6.8 million dollar economic impact to our community (2009 economic impact report).

Hickory’s Oktoberfest was the vision of Beemer Harrill. Beemer was an architect by profession but his passion for the arts and downtown Hickory birthed an event the local community was thirsty for. Beemer was involved with all aspects of the festival until his passing October 12th, 2007. His legacy lives on every year that the festival continues. There’s something for everyone at Oktoberfest, from our array of local and national entertainers to arts, crafts, Kidsfest and food! Come join the fun!

Each year we try to add something new to grow the event. Some of our additions over the years include contemporary Christian Sunday, Singer/Songwriter stage, and our very successful Teen stage. This year I am pleased to announce a new partnership with Lenoir Rhyne University. LRU will be kicking off their Homecoming celebrations Friday at Oktoberfest! Come out to the Main Stage Friday night for a Bear Rally!

Oktoberfest will showcase over 75 fine-juried craft vendors selling handmade and unique items ranging from copper yard art to fine art such as photography, landscapes, sculpture and finely crafted silver jewelry.

We have expanded our Kidsfest area to include inflatables.  Be sure to stop by the Kidsfest stage for performances by area gymnastics and martial arts groups. 

The Pepsi Food Court will get your mouth watering with all the wonderful aromas and promise of savory treats.  Ethnic foods.  Unique favorites.  Homemade specialties.

Hickory’s Oktoberfest would not be possible without the support of the community sponsors and volunteers.  Volunteering at the festival is a great way to help your community while meeting people and having fun. At this time I would like to thank our community sponsors: Alltel, Flat Rock Grill,  Lazy Dog Smokehouse and Saloon, 8th floor Media, Focus Newspaper, United Beverages of North Carolina, Charter Communications,  Pepsi, WHKY, KICKS 103.3,  Big Dawg 92.1, The City of Hickory, Timberwoods Restaurant, the Hickory Jaycees,  and The Hickory Downtown Development Association.  Oktoberfest sponsors donate their time and money to cover all festival expenses to provide a free event for our community.  I would also like to recognize our festival volunteers: Chris Dixon, Tony Eltora, Leslie Srail, Sandi Wike, Daiva McCandless, Shirley Mullarky, Susan Coleman, Phil Scarboro, Tammy Hines,  Barbara Sinclair and Connie Kincaid.  Thanks for all your time and hard work to make this event one of the best in the State! 

Tracy Nestor, Event Director, Hickory's Oktoberfest 2010


Beck’s Main Stage

Throwdown Jones 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Sol Driven Train 9:15 pm - 11:30 pm

Pavilion Stage

Moods & Memories 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Foothills Oompah Band 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Danny Danger 9:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Teen Stage

Lindsay Gurley 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Mile 257 8 pm - 8:30 pm
Rock 101 Band 9 pm - 9:30 pm
Headfirst for Halos 10 pm -11 pm 

Singer Songwriter Stage

John Green 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Will Willis 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm


Beck’s Main Stage

Rick Cline’s Pandemic & LRU Steel Drum Bands
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
20/20 2:45 pm - 4:15 pm
Chrome 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Wax Gurus 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
Acoustic Syndicate 9:45 pm - 11:30 pm

Pavilion Stage

Foothills Oompah Band 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Deedee & Janie 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Chris Dixon 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Funky Kings Rock & Blues 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The Avenue 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Teen Stage

Rock 101 Band 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Open Mic with Tony Eltora 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm  
Sopo Girlz 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm  
9 Point 5 7:00 pm - 8 pm    
Lyra Shines 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm  
The Decour 10:00 pm - 11 pm  

Singer Songwriter Stage

Makenzie Little 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Rebecca Rippy 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Casey Clark 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
A Furry Green Fox 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Kidsfest Stage

Ronald McDonald 11:00 am
Sonya's Dance Academy 11:30 am
Suzuki School of Music 12:00 pm
Mountain View Karate Center 1:00 pm
Clater Kaye Theater Works 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Cheer Energy All-star Cheerleading 3:30 pm
Rick Cline’s Trash Can Kids 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Flag Court

P3 Percussion Ensemble 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Pan Jive Steel Drum Band 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
GAHU African Drumming 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Pan Jive Steel Drum Band 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Beck’s Main Stage

Called 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
UTH Band 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Christ Church Band 3:30 pm - 4:30pm

Pavilion Stage

The Hickory Jazz Orchestra 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Foothills Oompah Band 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Teen Stage

Lift Every Voice 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm  

Singer Songwriter Stage

Laura Greene A Furry Greene Fox 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Chris Church 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Kidsfest Stage

Brinkley Entertainment (DJ) 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm


Oktoberfest Entertainment - Beck’s Main Stage

Friday, October 8

7:00 - 8:30 pm Throwdown Jones - Throwdown Jones is one of the fastest growing Electric Rock N' Roll Party/ Cover Bands in Western North Carolina. With a heavy emphasis on vocal harmonies, thick acoustic/funk grooves and thumping electric numbers, Throwdown Jones prides themselves on twisting the average, boring, everyday cover songs into something new. to keep the party kicking.

9:15 – 11:30 pm Sol Driven Train - See cover.

Saturday, October 9

12:30 - 2:00 pm Rick Cline's Pandemic & LRU Steel Drum Bands - The Pandemic Community Steel Drum Band is apart of the Piedmont Percussion Program and rehearses once a week.  The group performs a wide variety of music year round for diverse audiences.  For more information visit .



2:45 - 4:15 pm 20/20 - 20/20 is a classic rock / pop band made up mostly of eye doctors - hence the name. They cover the Monkees, Beatles, Aerosmith, AC/DC, The Who, Kings Of Leon, Coldplay, Clapton, Buffet, Cars, REM, Romantics, Springsteen and more.




5:00 - 6:30 pm Chrome - Originally assembled in 2007, this custom 5-piece rock n roll machine has grown to become one of the most followed and versatile bands across the Hickory, Lake Norman and Charlotte areas of North Carolina.  Chrome specializes in performing a wide variety of Rock songs from the 70’s 80’s 90’s and today.


7:15 - 8:45 pm Wax Gurus - Based out of Waxhaw, NC (hence the name) The Wax Gurus have been a mainstay of the greater Charlotte area nightlife scene for over 15 years. Always playing music that is current, as well as hits from the 80's and 90's.

9:45 - 11:30 pm Acoustic Syndicate - See Cover.



Sunday, October 10

12:30 - 1:30 pm Called

2:00 - 3:30 pm UTH Band - UTH is the house band for Uth Ministries Skate and BMX park. The group combines dynamic musical talent with the powerful vocals of Jill Howard to create a rock sound that reaches to the core of its audience. They have a sound like that of Switchfoot, Jeremy Camp, and Flyleaf. You can view more at



3:30 - 4:30 pm Christ Church Band - The Christ Church band is a blend of musicians that can be found on any given weekend, playing at one of Christ Church's five campuses. Their post-modern, pop rock sound is aimed at a culture that is disconnected from God and the church. Their play list often blends rock and roll worship music, new versions of old hymns, and even mainstream hit songs.

Pavillion Stage

Friday, October 8

5:00 - 6:30 pm Moods & Memories - One of the area’s top adult dance bands playing 50’s-60’s rock’n’roll along with current and classic country featuring Wayne Sigmon on guitar and vocals, Keith Nero Lynch on lead guitar and vocals, James Phillips on bass and vocals, and Mike Sherrill on drums.



7:00 - 9:00 pm Foothills Oompah Band - Kemp Williams organized the band in 1996 and is Leader and Drummer.  Sam Griggs - Tuba, Al Mulle - Accordion, Matthew Hanna - Clarinet and Vocals and John Hoppe - Trumpet and Vocals.



9:30 - 11:00 pm Danny Danger






Saturday, October 9

12:30 - 3:00 pm Foothills Oompah Band

4:00 - 5:00 pm Deedee & Janie

6:00 - 7:30 pm Chris Dixon - Chris Dixon is an established musician living in Newton, NC. He plays Bass Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Drums, Harmonica and Keyboards. He performs songs from The Eagles, The Temptations, The Drifters, Jimmy Buffet, Uncle Kracker and Elvis to name a few.



8:00 - 9:30 pm Funky Kings Rock & Blues

10:00  - 11:30 pm The Avenue

Sunday, October 10

12:30 - 2:00 pm Hickory Jazz Orchestra - Rick Cline presents "The Hickory Jazz Orchestra" The 19 piece big band performs music of the big band era including Glenn Miller, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, and more, for more info visit,

2:30 - 5:00 pm Foothills Oompah Band

Singer Songwriter Stage

Acoustic music returns to Downtown Hickory’s Oktoberfest 2010 with the return of the popular Singer/ Songwriter Stage. These groups are another example of the fine local talent in the area.

The Singer/Songwriter Stage is located In Union Plaza, the common area below Hong Kong Café.

Friday, October 8

7:00 - 8:30 pm John Green - John is a singer/songwriter, performer, artist, worship leader, and web monkey based in North Carolina. His music and performances move the listener's feet as well as their hearts.

9:00 - 10:30 pm - Will Willis




Saturday, October 9

12:00 - 1:30 pm Makenzie





2:00 - 3:30 pm Rebecca Rippy - Rebecca Rippy, Telling Stories With a girlish voice and grown-up pop sensibilites, Rippy and her autobiographical songs operate from where a seasoned - and lucky - Taylor Swift may yet reach. Rippy & Terry Wheeler's acoustic Guitars and Douglas Barnhill's electric shine, but cellist Victoria McLaughlin elevates thing a notch or three.







4:00 - 5:30 pm -Casey Clark - Casey, Clark is a singer/songwriter and recording artists from Catawba, NC.  He has traveled throughout the southeast for the past 5 years playing original songs and gaining a following in all types of venues and locations.  His debut release the "Shades of Love" EP comes with great anticipation on both a national and regional level. 




6:00 - 7:30 pm A Furry Green Fox - sprung from the back country of the Blue Ridge Mountains, has been playing in and around the area going on two years now.  They're blended melodies and harmonies make for a sweet sound that can't be missed.  

They blend the sounds of the guitar with banjo, mandolin, violin, ukulele and harmonica to create their own brand of Folky Bluegrass that is some times spirited, and sometimes smooth.  The band consists of Natasha Fox and Laura Diane Greene.  Check them out at

Sunday, October 10

1:00 - 2:30 pm Laura Greene Check them out at

 3:00 - 4:30 pm Chris Church, Chris Church is a versatile singer/songwriter/guitarist with considerable experience. He has been in power-pop bands (The Jones, Junkflower, Chalky), a progressive metal band (Flat Earth), a noisy oddball band that defies categorization (Jack Sabbath), and has played for many years with numerous fine musicians. A show with Nashville veterans 'The Long Players' doing a night of Beatles music was a highpoint of recent activity.

After several years in the Charleston SC area, Chris has now relocated back to his hometown of Lenoir NC.




Flag Court

Saturday, October 9

10:30 am - 12:00 pm P3 Percussion Ensemble - The Piedmont Percussion Program is made up of over 50 percussionists from the Catawba/Burke/Alexander Co. area, 4 percussion ensembles of ages 8to18 and performs year round.


3:30 - 4:30 pm Pan Jive Steel Drum Band - The Pan Jive Band is a local favorite. Pan Jive has been in existence since 1998 under the direction of Rick Cline.  Known originally as a community program, the group has evolved into a professional, working ensemble that performs all over the western half of North Carolina.  Performing for dozens of elementary and middle schools per year, and audiences of more than 1000, Pan Jive is a high energy, versatile combo.  You will enjoy the diversity of their musical selections, from traditional to modern arrangements.  The City of Hickory is proud to call “Pan Jive” their own steel drum band.



5:30 - 6:30 pm GAHU African Drumming - The ensemble performs traditional West African pieces



7:00 - 8:00 pm Pan Jive Steel Drum Band returns to the stage

Kidsfest Stage

Saturday, October 9

11:00 Ronald McDonald

11:30 Sonya's Dance Academy

12:00 Suzuki School of Music

1:00 Mountain View Karate Center

1:30-3:30 pm Clater Kaye Theater Works

3:30 pm Cheer Energy All-star Cheerleading

8:00 to 9:00 pm Rick Cline’s Trash Can Kids "Trash Kan Kids" is an exciting and innovative way to get kids playing music on ordinary everyday objects such as a "trash can".  Percussion teacher Rick Cline will lead kids in a circle of trashcans, teaching them rhythms to play as a group to form music.

Sunday, October 10

1:00 pm to 4:00 Brinkley Entertainment (DJ)


Teen Stage

Hickory Oktoberfest Teen Stage returns this year with a fantastic line up of young talent. Area teens take the stage on Friday and Saturday nights. On Sunday, an American Idol style talent search”, Lift Every Voice" Gospel Talent Search", will seek out the area’s gospel talent. All musicians in the bands are aged 13 to 20. These bands cover several genres of music including covers and original songs.

Friday, October 8

7-7:30pm Lindsay Gurley - 15-year-old Lindsay Gurley's sound is a mixture of country and pop. She's been singing all her life and started playing guitar at age 11.

Lindsay has preformed at local festivals and venues and has been featured on WHKY radio station for the Hal Rowe morning show.

Her songs of love and loss will keep you wanting more.

8pm-8:30pm Mile 257

9-9:30pm Rock 101 Band - Bands from Tony Eltora's Rock Camp will perform playing songs from Led Zepplin, ACDC, Kiss, The Who and many more. Come and Rock Out with these kids as they kick off Oktoberfest 2010.

10-11pm  Headfirst for Halos - Formed in 2010, Headfirst for Halos was created for one reason and one reason only... to play the music they want to play and to touch the lives of whoever will give them the time to listen to their music and rock out at their shows. H4H is a punk band formed out of Denver NC.  

Photo: Lindsay Gurley
Saturday, October 9

3-3:30pm Rock 101 Band

4-5:30pm  Open Mic with Tony Eltora The Open Mic is for any musicians under the age of 21 years old who would like to play on the Teen Stage. You must have two songs to perform and is limited to three people on stage at one time. There will be a sign up sheet on stage for musicians who would like to play. This is first come first serve, so come early if you would like to play.

 6-6:30pm  Sopo Girlz Sopo Girlz are sweet, spunky, southern girls, and are too fun for words. These teen sisters sing, dance and play instruments. Hailing from the Carolinas, SoPo Girlz are ready to take on the world.

7-8pm 9 Point 5  9 Point 5 is a funk/psychedelic rock/blues band based out of Hickory, NC. Drawing from the influences of the Grateful Dead, the Allman Brothers Band, Phish, and many more, this quintet has a very unique sound you won’t soon forget.  9 Point 5 began as a two-piece guitar and bass combo (Taylor Rosenfeld and William Burns) getting its start from a charity gig at Drips’ Coffee House. 9 Point 5 recently celebrated the release of their first album, “Take It Easy”, which consists of ten original songs; a huge accomplishment for these five local teenagers.

Photo: Sopo Girlz (right)

8:30-9:30pm  Lyra Shines With ferocious energy, dynamic presence, and unified chemistry; Lyra Shines are more than your typical female-fronted alternative rock band. Their music will take you on an emotional journey from the softest of ballads to the heaviest of alternative rock anthems.

Photo: Lyra Shines

10-11pm  The Decour The Decour is a mix of all different passions and backgrounds coming together to reach and move people. Reigning from the “Queen City”, they have truly put the crown on the pop/rock scene in Charlotte, North Carolina. After the release of their EP entitled “Something Meaningful”, things started to take off for the guys. Photo: The Decour

Sunday, October 10

2-4pm   Lift Every Voice Gospel Talent Search” Rick Cline’s “American Idol” style talent search will seek out the areas gospel vocal talent. Participants should contact Rick Cline: or call 320-2958 no later than Oct.6.  Finalists will be featured on a “CD” with professional gospel musicians from Charlotte and will give a concert in Feb. 2011, where the cds will be given out for free.

The Sixth Annual Oktoberfest Footrace, Oct. 9

Hickory - The Sixth Annual Oktoberfest Footrace will take place Saturday, October 9 in downtown Hickory as part of the 25th Anniversary of Hickory’s Oktoberfest. Carolina Orthopaedic Specialists, longtime supporters of the Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry, is the driving force behind the Oktoberfest Footrace. Monies raised from the 5k run/walk and 10k run benefits GHCCM, which boasts the only free clinic and pharmacy for the approximately 30,000 Catawba County citizens currently living without health care insurance. GHCCM also provides crisis assistance, a food pantry, thrift store and shower ministry. These are your neighbors in need. . Every dollar raised is leveraged to about $8 in the value of services provided by GHCCM to its clients. Proceeds from the Oktoberfest Footrace also benefit Hickory Downtown Development Association and other local charities.

After September 24, the cost will be $25 for 10k run and $20 for 5k run/walk. Catawba County and Hickory City Employees receive a $5 discount off registration fees. Participants under the age of 18 and seniors (70+) may take advantage of a reduced 5k/10k registration fee of $10.00.

Onsite registration will be from 6:00 am until 7:30 am. Registration will be held in the parking lot across from City Hall. For a map showing the location of onsite registration, please visit Participants may also register at Fleet Feet Sports up until 7:00 pm on October 8. Fleet Feet is located at 1776 North Center Street (Hwy 127) Hickory, NC 28601. For directions call (828)304-4RUN or email

Race packets will be available on Saturday, October 9 from 6:00 am until 7:30 am at the registration site.

Each participant will receive a custom designed short sleeve race T-shirt. Please be sure to mark desired T-shirt size on the registration form.

Awards: Door prizes will be given out after the race. The awards ceremony will be held shortly after the last runner crosses the finish line.

Top three overall male and female runners and top three male and female masters for each race will receive a plaque. Overall winners will not be eligible for age group awards.

Top three male and female finishers in the following age groups for each race will receive an award.

Age groups: 14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+

Both courses will begin at 8:00 am near the corner of Main Avenue NW and Center Street and continue on Main Avenue through Union square. The courses will guide runners through Downtown Hickory and both will end back on Center Street. Both courses are USATF certified.

Parking for the event is located between City Hall and the railroad tracks at the southeast corner of Main Avenue NW and North Center Street.

First aid and emergency care will be provided by the Hickory Rescue Squad.

Castle of Cans Returns To Oktoberfest

Hickory - Students from fourteen area schools - elementary through college - are beginning to collect cans of food for the twelfth annual Castle of Cans Food Drive, a part of Hickory’s Oktoberfest celebration.

Students will collect food for area food pantries and soup kitchens. The cans will be used to build a castle in the KidsFest area on October 9th.

Members of the community are asked to participate by bringing canned food to the castle site on October 9th or 10th or dropping it off at one of the participating schools by October 1st. Parents of students in these schools are asked to help their students be a part of this worthy drive.

Participating schools are Startown Elementary, Maiden Elementary, H. M. Arndt Middle, Grandview Middle, Maiden Middle, Northview Middle, Newton-Conover High, Fred T. Foard High, Hickory High, Maiden High, St. Stephens High, Bandys High School, Catawba Valley Community College and Lenoir-Rhyne University.

Boy Scout Troop\ 903 will build the castle on Saturday morning, October 9th. United Beverage will provide flats to help in the construction of the castle. On Sunday afternoon, residents of Flynn Christian Home will dismantle the castle and load the food unto trucks.

Papa John’s Pizza and Chic-fil-A provide rewards and incentives for the students. Second Harvest Food Bank provides transportation that includes providing boxes and bins, collecting the food, and storing it at their facility before and after the castle is built.

After Oktoberfest, the food will be distributed to The Corner Table of Newton, Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministries (ECCCM), Exodus Homes, The Family Care Center, Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry (CCM), The Hickory Soup Kitchen and The Salvation Army.

In 2008, over ten tons of food was collected, but last year's collection was not as successful. With the current state of the economy, more help is needed. Food pantries and soup kitchens are running low on food. The soup kitchens have reported that they are serving over twice as many meals as in the past and the food pantries are experiencing the same increase.

All types of canned food are needed. Cans with pop-tops are suggested for the homeless and the large #10-size cans found in most grocery stores are used by the two soup kitchens.

The castle serves as a visible symbol of the community’s concern with hunger. Please help fight hunger in Catawba County by helping to build a Castle of Cans- A Castle of Caring.

Free Bus Rides for Oktoberfest On Friday, October 8

Hickory - As part of the partnership between Oktoberfest and Greenway Public Transport, a Free Transportation Service will be offered for Oktoberfest on Friday, October 8, 2010.  The service will be offered from 7:00 p.m.to11:00 p.m.

Park and Ride anywhere along the route and flag the driver.  The pick up and drop off point in Hickory will be in front of Hickory City Hall located on Center Street between Main Avenue SE and 1st Avenue NE. Please call Greenway Public Transportation at 828-465-7634 for more information.

Oktoberfest Festival King and Queen Contest

Hickory - A Hickory tradition for over 25 years, and Charter Communications want YOU to be this year’s Oktoberfest 2010 Festival King and Queen!

Just send us a picture of you dressed in your best Oktoberfest outfit (lederhosen and beer steins optional!) One male and one female over 21 years of age will be chosen as Oktoberfest King and Queen and will receive 2 VIP Tickets to this year’s Oktoberfest VIP Tent as well as 1 Flip Video Camcorder each .

Additionally, one male and female under 21 years of age will be chosen as Junior King and Junior Queen and will receive 1 $50.00 American Express gift card each. 

Simply email in your photo (200K file size limit) to, or mail in your photo submission by October 01, 2010 to

Attention: Oktoberfest Contest, 1305 10th Avenue Lane SE, Hickory, NC 28602

Please include your complete name, age, home address and current telephone number on all contest submissions. Incomplete photo submission entries will not be eligible for contest prizing.

Winners will be chosen October 4, 2010.

For compete rules and more information, please visit





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