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Oktoberfest Celebrates 26 Years of Fun and Entertainment!

Hickory - Hickory’s Oktoberfest is celebrating its 26th year with three days of fun, food, games, crafts, food, vendors and an incredible line up of entertainment! Mark your calendar for October 7, 8, and 9, 2011 for a weekend in downtown Hickory.

With five stages, the entertainment schedule will have something for everyone. The Main Stage will host Jonathan Birchfield as the Friday night headliner, Simplified as the Saturday headliner and Devotion as the Sunday afternoon headliner. The stages are filled with a diverse variety of local and regional entertainment.

Lenoir-Rhyne University will have a booth in the Main Stage area with a 10 minute “Go Bears” segment on the Main Stage at 9:00 pm on Friday night.

Back this year is the popular Teen Stage, where local kids can get out of the garage and get on stage. Don’t miss these performances by extraordinary young talent.

The Pavilion Stage will feature a wealth of local and regional music will feature area talent, along with Oktoberfest favorite, the Foothills Oompah Band.

The Singer/Songwriter stage gives up and coming local talent a venue to showcase their original music.

Young and old alike will enjoy the Kidsfest area with performances by local talent, amusement rides and games. Here, young dancers and performers will perform for the enjoyment of the crowd! Ronald McDonald and Conrad the Crawdad will be stopping by. Look for the Castle of Cans in the Kidfest 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.

Everyone 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. Remember, Christmas is just around the corner.

Commercial vendors will fill Second Street with a wide variety of merchandise ranging from sunglasses to handmade soaps to imported woodwork. Many of these vendors are local vendors, so remember to look for them and shop local! Make sure to check out the WellsFargo StageCoach next to the Brushy Mountain Apples in the Commercial area.

Be sure to stop by the Non Profit area and see the cockpit of the F 14 Tomcat that the Hickory Aviation Museum will have on display. Look for different organizations offering free wellness screenings.

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.

Bob Wilusz will be roving with his Accordion throughout the festival.

Oktoberfest will be open Friday, October 7, from Noon until 11:30 p.m., Saturday, October 8, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 9, from Noon until 5:00 p.m. in downtown Hickory. Make Downtown Hickory your destination the second weekend in October!

Oktoberfest would like to thank these fine sponsors who help make Oktoberfest 2011 possible: Mike Johnston’s Toyota, Alltel Wireless, Charter Communications, Coors Light, Pepsi, Beck's, Focus Newspaper, WHKY 1290 Talk Radio and WHKY-DTV 14, Hickory Jaycees, 8th Floor Media, WMNC Big Dawg 92.1 FM, Carolina Orthopaedic, The Balloon Pirates LLC, the City of Hickory and Hickory Downtown Development Association.

For more information, please visit our website, .

Letter From The Chairman

It’s time to slip into your lederhosen, break out the beer and brats and get ready to polka.  Hickory’s 26th annual Oktoberfest 2011 will take place in downtown Hickory on October 7th, 8th & 9th.  So strike up the oompah music, toast friendship, good times and enjoy one of North Carolina’s top festivals.  Oktoberfest will be celebrating 26 years in downtown Hickory!  This year will be bigger and better than ever.  We have a fabulous entertainment line-up with WSNB and Jonathan Birchfield on Friday night, kicking off Saturday’s main stage line-up is FraXured and closing with 20/20 followed by Simplified. The entertainment ends on Sunday with a performance of contemporary Christian music by Devotion. Lenoir-Rhyne University will jump start their homecoming weekend with a pep rally on the main stage Friday night. Saturday morning work up an appetite by participating in the 7th Annual Oktoberfest Footrace, produced by Carolina Orthopaedic Specialists.  This event continues to grow every year and we anticipate about 250 runners to run the 5k or 10K race this year! We have added a few new sponsors this year we would like to welcome Mike Johnson’s Hickory Toyota, and Frye Regional Medical Center to our list of community sponsors!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, rides and the return of the Crawdads!  Be sure to stop by the Kidsfest stage for performances by area dance groups, gymnastic teams 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.  At this time I would like to thank our community sponsors; Alltel Wireless, Mike Johnson Hickory Toyota, Frye Regional Medical Center, United Beverages of North Carolina, Pepsi, Focus Newspaper, Charter Communications,  WHKY, Big Dawg 92.1 FM, 8th Floor Media, 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,  Diava McCandless, Shirley Mullarky, Susan Coleman, Phil Scarboro, Steve Snyder, Sandi Wike, Barbara Sinclair and Connie Kincaid.  Thank you for all your time and hard work to make this event one of the best in the State!  There is something for everyone! Don’t miss the festivities our community has to offer. Come join us at Oktoberfest!

Tracy Nestor, Event Director, Hickory's Oktoberfest 2011


Main Stage

7:00 - 8:30 pm - WSNB
9:15 - 10:45 pm - Jonathan Birchfield

Pavilion Stage

5:00 - 6:30 pm - Moods and Memories
7:00 - 9:30 pm - Foothills Oompah Band
10:00 to 11:30 pm - Pop Ferguson

Teen Stage

6:00 - 6:30 pm - Acme Delco
7:00 - 7:30 pm - Mackenzie Pelletier
7:45-8:15 pm - James Maxson
8:30-9:00 pm - Stephen Propst
9:30 - 10:30 pm - Like Handshakes

Singer Songwriter Stage

6:30 to 7:00 pm - Logan Starkey
7:30 - 8:30 pm - Cory Goble
9:00 - 10:00 pm - Lindsay Gurley & Summer Eckert

Kidsfest Stage

6:00 – 6:30 pm - Zumba by The Spa


Main Stage

12:00 to 1:30 pm - FracXured
2:00-3:30 pm - Extraordinaires
4:00 to 4:45 pm - VIP’s
5:00 - 6:30 pm - Gigi Dover and The Big Love
7:15 - 8:45 pm - 20/20
9:45 - 11:30 pm - Simplified

Pavilion Stage

12:00 - 3:00 pm - Foothills Oompah Band
4:00 - 5:30 pm - Chris Dixion
6:00 - 7:30 pm - Pan Jive Steel Drum Band
8:00 - 9:30 pm - Jared Allan
10:00 - 11:30 pm - Danny Danger

Teen Stage

10:30 am - 12:00 pm - P3 Percussion Ensemble
12:30 pm-2:00 pm - Rick Cline Pandemic & LRU   
2:30 pm-3:30 pm - Clater Kaye Theatreworks
4:00 - 5:30 pm - Open Mic with Tony Eltora  
6:30-7:00 pm - Rock Camp Finalist  
7:15-8:00 pm - Rock Camp Finalist
8:30 - 9:30 pm - Nine Point Five (9.5) 
10:00 - 11:00 pm - Leaving Venus

Singer Songwriter Stage

12:00 - 1:00 pm - The Cloers
2:00 - 3:00 pm - Caleb Myers   
4:00 - 5:30 pm - Sabrina
6:00 - 7:00 pm - Andy Beck  
8:00 - 9:00 pm - Casey Clark
9:30 - 10:30 pm - Chuck Johnson 
10:30 – 11:30 pm - Alyn Mearns

Kidsfest Stage

10:45 am - Ronald McDonald for kids of all ages!
11:15 am - Sonya’s Dance Academy
12:00 noon - Foothills Gymnastics
1:00 pm - Suzuki School of Arts
2:00 pm - Cheer Energy All-Stars
3:00 pm - Rick Cline Trash Can Kids
4:00 pm - Clater Kaye Theater
5:00 pm - Zumba by The Spa
6:00 pm - Mountain View Karate Center


Main Stage

1:00 - 2:30 pm - 40 Music Project
3:00 - 5:00 pm - Devotion

Pavilion Stage

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

Teen Stage

1:00 - 1:30 pm - Spa Athletic Club presents Shihan Hamby with

Bushido Martial Arts

Singer Songwriter Stage

1:00 - 2:00 pm - Kevin Leftwich
3:00 - 4:00 pm - TBA

Kidsfest Stage

1:00 - 4:00 pm - Brinkley--The DJ of Entertainment

Oktoberfest Entertainment - Main Stage

Friday, October 7

7:00 - 8:30 pm WSNB From David Brewer of High Country Press” Award-winning WSNB delivers positively blistering Mississippi blues rock...WSNB has established themselves as one of North Carolina’s hottest and most sought after musical exports on the strength of their Delta soul-drenched blues-rock.





9:15 - 10:45 pm Jonathan Birchfield - see cover - A style fueled with the funky sounds of Little Feat, the driving country of  Zac Brown and John Hiatt, the harmonies of CS&N, The Eagles and Jackson Browne, rounded out with JB’s originals which have been compared to Lyle Lovett and Chris Isaak. JB and his band have such a wide variety of music and styles that every ear will be entertained.

Saturday, October 8

12:00 to 1:30 pm FracXured FracXured, is comprised of a group of orthopaedic surgeons, and has a large following in Hickory, Morganton and Lenoir. The large X in our logo resembles two broken bones which we thought was appropriate since we repair those! Band members are Dr. Jeff Keverline (lead vocals), Dr. James Stanislaw (Drums), Brian Smith (Bass Guitar), Richard Poarch (Lead Guitar/vocals), and Jim Carrier (Lead Guitar/vocals).



2:00-3:30 pm Extraordinaires Formed in the spring of 2003 from a group of guys who love The Classics/Rhythm & Blues. The Extraordinaires have put together a unique blend of music that is sure to get people out of their seats and on the dance floor. From the powerful kickin’ horns to the smooth lead vocals, The Extraordinaires have a sound like no other that will keep you coming back.





4:00 to 4:45 pm The VIP’s The VIPS is a group that captures the warm sounds of the past and combines with a modern texture truly bringing life not only to the music but the stage. With intricate lyrics and well constructed parts, The VIPS create a journey of sound in which you are guided through not just by instruments but by voices.




5:00 - 6:30 pm Gigi Dover and the Big Love The Big Love is primarily the creative partnership of singer/songwriter and guitarist Gigi Dover and multi-instrumentalist/magician Eric Lovell, whose bag of tricks includes vocals, guitar, pedal steel, sitar, tambura, melodica, ukulele, mandolin, even a glockenspiel. Also assisting are David “6” Clark, bass; John Spurrier, drums, and Jason “Baby J” Atkins, keyboards.




7:15 - 8:45 pm 20/20 20/20 is a classic rock/pop band (full of eye doctors) called “20/20.” They cover Aerosmith, Buffet, Van Morrison, Beatles, Monkees, Coldplay, The Black Keys, The Who, Queen, Kings of Leon as well as dozens of other popular bands and recently played a show with Adrian Baker, lead singer and guitarist for The Beach Boys for 26 years.



9:45 - 11:30 pm Simplified - see cover - With raucous guitar riffs, velvety vocals and hook-laden melodies, Simplified has been hailed as one of music's most interesting and, ironically, most complex bands on the circuit today. Fusing elements of rock, reggae, funk, and roots, the rollicking quartet has not only stunned critics with its intricate songwriting and versatile stage show but also managed to create a sound all its own … a sound that appears to be stimulating the masses.

Sunday, October 9

1:00 - 2:30 pm 40 Music Project The 40 Music Project is a band made up of musicians from the campuses of Christ Church in Western North Carolina.  Their music includes a blend of classic rock, current pop and country hits, and modern worship songs, all of which you might hear on a typical Sunday at a Christ Church campus.  The band’s name reflects their concert itinerary; they play venues and events along the I-40 corridor.



3:00 - 5:00 pm Devotion - see cover - The dynamic Devotion, under the leadership of Dr. R. L. Mungro, and Evangelist Peggy Geter have developed a nostalgic and high energy sound bridging the gap between contemporary and traditional gospel.

Pavilion Stage

Friday, October 7

5:00 - 6:30 pm Moods and 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 - 9:30 pm Foothills Oompah Band The Foot Hills Oompah Band creates the mood of a Bavarian autumnal festival to Hickory. The first festival began when Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese on Oct 12, 1810. We are deeper into the festival spirit in our playing.





10:00 to 11:30 pm Pop Ferguson “Pop” (Clyde Ferguson Sr.), age 83, has been playing guitar in public for 73 years!  A native of Wilkes County, North Carolina, “Pop” developed a unique approach that reflects rural Appalachian and Piedmont sounds of pure Blues.  Have you ever heard religious songs with a Blues twist?   “Pop” plays it all.





Saturday, October 8

12:00 - 3:00 pm Foothills Oompah Band







4:00 - 5:30 pm Chris Dixion Chris Dixon is an established musician living in Newton, NC. He plays Bass Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Drums, Harmonica and Keyboards. He performs songs from as far back as the 50’s through today’s music, by artists such as The Eagles, The Temptations, The Drifters, Jimmy Buffet, Uncle Kracker and Elvis, to name a few.






6:00 - 7:30 pm Pan Jive Steel Drum Band  Pan Jive is an extremely versatile, high energy, and highly rhythmic traditional steel band performing on authentic steel drums from Trinidad. The 6 member band is made up of Rick Cline, Christa Buff, Laura Greene, Emily Fox, Katelyn Reinhardt, and Matt Decker.   Pan Jive mixes traditional music w/ pop tunes, pulling audiences into the rich history of Caribbean music.




8:00 - 9:30 pm Jared Allan Jared Allan & Co. is a unique music ensemble that creates its own genre, combining influences of folk, bluegrass, rock, and R & B into one energetic flow. Imagine a folk singer/songwriter on acoustic guitar, harmonica, and vocals teaming up with a classically trained percussionist of unmatched experience and the energy of a skilled conga/bongo/African drum player.





10:00 - 11:30 pm Danny Danger Singer/Guitarist Daniel Lee and Drummer Jesse Stevens grew up listening to everything from Rock and Country to Regge and R&B.  When they decided to start playing the songs they loved, they saw no reason to stick to a single variety, and when Bassist Cameron Ball and Guitarist Caleb Edwards joined them, the stage was set to explore all kinds of music.




Sunday, October 9

12:30 - 2:00 pm Hickory Jazz Orchestra Put on your dancing shoes and dance your way to downtown Hickory’s Oktoberfest and celebrate the music of a simpler era with the big band sounds of  the Hickory Jazz Orchestra. The HJO is a full 18-piece jazz orchestra playing all the classics from such greats as Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Frank Sinatra, and so much more.  Come to dance or listen.


2:30 - 5:00 pm Foothills Oompah Band








Bob Wilusz - Accordion Roving Bob Wilusz, strolling accordionist, will be roaming the festival playing German music for your enjoyment.








Teen Stage

Friday, October 7

6:00 - 6:30 pm Acme Delco Acme Delco is a classic rock band from Hickory, determined to bring REAL rock music back to the mainstream. The band has five members, Jake Roberts - Lead Vocals, James Setzer - Bass, and the Huggins Brothers: Lawson and Alex -Guitars, and Nathan Mason - Drums. Their style is a powerful mix of Phish-style jams, blues progressions straight out of Memphis, infectious beats on both bass and drum, and energetic, larger than life vocals.




7:00 - 7:30 pm Mackenzie Pelletier Mackenzie started playing guitar about a year ago, in the December of 09. She took private lessons at Harrisburg Music and co. for about four months. Mackenzie enjoys pop music, slow rock, and various kinds of country. She usually performs at the Copperbean open mic nights, and has appeared at Harrisburg for several open mic nights.






7:45 - 8:15 pm James Maxson Locally, James has competed in “Rotarian Idol”, Rick Cline’s “The Real Deal” and played “Amahl” in Lenoir Rhyne’s production of the “Amahl and the Night Visitors.” James is a member of St. Aloysius Church and has been playing guitar and singing contemporary choir music since second grade. He is inspired by The Script, Maroon Five, Coldplay and Bruno Mars.




8:30 - 9:00 pm Stephen Propst Stephen has dedicated his life to music of all genres and forms. He has spent all of his middle school and high school years in the band program where he found his love for percussion instruments








9:30 - 10:30 pm Like Handshakes Folk/rock band, Like Handshakes, started as an acoustic collaboration between Riley Brogan (percussionist) and Jamie McDonald (songwriter), Like Handshakes was originally called Toothpicks. It wasn’t until the addition of bass player, Robs Herbein, that the group began going by their current name. Currently Like Handshakes are in the recording process with the help of singer/songwriter Andy Beck, in hopes of finishing a 6-8 song EP. Listen at



Saturday, October 8

10:30 am - 12:00 noon P3 Percussion Ensemble The Piedmont Percussion Program is made up f over 50 percussionists from the Catawba/Burke/Alexander Co. area, 4 percussion ensembles of ages 6-18 and performs year round.






12:30 - 2:00 pm Rick Cline Pandemic & LRU The Pandemic Community Steel Drum Band is apart of the Piedmont Percussion Program and rehearses once a week.  The LRU steel drum band is a fall and spring semester class taught as an elective.  Both groups perform a wide variety of music year round for diverse audiences.

 2:30 - 3:30 pm Clater Kaye Theatreworks Clater Kaye performers featuring the music of Singer/Songwriter McKenzie Townsend.



4:00 - 5:30 pm Open Mic with Tony Eltora

6:00 - 7:00 pm Rock Camp Finalist

7:15 - 8:00 pm Rock Camp Finalist

8:30 - 9:30 pm Nine Point Five (9.5) 9 Point 5 is a funk/psychedelic rock/blues band based out of Hickory. The rhythm section, headed by Anthony Felkins on drums and William Burns on bass, provide the band with rock-steady, groovin’ beats that are the foundation of the band. On top of that, Logan Starkey adds a mix of warm, smooth chord progressions and jazzy vocals to the band’s signature sound. This is all brought together by Taylor Rosenfeld’s shimmering leads and guitar solos, ranging from “melt-your-face” to psychedelic smooth in intensity.




10:00 - 11:00 pm Leaving Venus Founded in 2007, Citation Records recording artists Leaving Venus are a four piece indie rock and roll band from Hickory. Their critically acclaimed neo-retro sound has been favorably compared to The Killers, Coldplay, and The Black Keys.

Sunday, October 9

1:00 – 1:30 pm Spa Athletic Club presents Shihan Hamby with Bushido Martial Arts




Kidsfest Stage

Friday, October 7

6:00 – 6:30 pm Zumba by The Spa




Saturday, October 8

10:45 am Ronald McDonald - for kids of all ages!

11:15 am Sonya’s Dance Academy

12:00 noon Foothills Gymnastics

1:00 pm Suzuki School of Arts

2:00 pm Cheer Energy All-Stars

3:00 pm Rick Cline 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 trash cans, teaching them rhythms to play as a group to form music.


4:00 pm Clater Kaye Theater

5:00 pm Zumba by the Spa.

6:00 pm Mountain View Karate Center

Sunday, October 9

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

Singer Songwriter Stage

Friday, October 7

6:30 - 7:00 pm Logan Starkey Logan released an album with his band about a year ago and has played at Oktoberfest for the past 3 years.

7:30 - 8:30 pm Cory Goble

9:00 - 10:00 pm Lindsay Gurley / Summer Eckert Lindsay Gurley and Summer Eckert have performed their whole lives, including the past two years at Oktoberfest. These girls have shared the stage on numerous occasions including local coffee shops, car shows, and church events. Their sound is a mix of country, folk, and rock and roll. From cover songs to originals, they do it all. Their music will blow you away.



Saturday,October 8

12:00 - 1:00 pm The Cloers Cate and John have been playing music together since they met at age 15. Now, they are a husband-wife, performing, songwriter duo. Their sound can be described as strong pop melodies complimented by Cate's country-pop vocals, and John's percussive acoustic guitar style. They are a recipient of a Regional Artist Project Grant from the Arts and Science Council (ASC), were named Charlotte Music Awards Best Singer-Songwriter, and they support other artists by serving on the Board of Directors for the NC Songwriters Co-op.


2:00 - 3:00 pm Caleb Myers

4:00 - 5:30 pm Sabrina Born to sing, Sabrina injects a soul-filled explosion into guitar driven melodies and emotive lyrics. Her distinctive guitar style and velvety-fired voice have graced stages from coast to coast, always leaving the listener wanting more.





6:00 - 7:00 pm Andy Beck Andrew Beck has been playing guitar, writing and performing live for 10 plus years.  Yay-Hooray was the first of a series of Indie Rock bands he played and toured with on the east coast. Beck has studied under Jaret Carter, Reggie Harris and others.  

8:00 - 9:00 pm Casey Clark 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.  Casey thrives where acoustic guitars and driving electric melody meet.  Well planned lyrics and song structure make for a wide open Indie rock that keeps an organic and intimate feel.




9:30 - 10:30 pm Chuck Johnson Chuck Johnson’s perspective on life comes from growing up in a small southern town. Chuck’s infectious spirit embraces both Tom Sawyer and Woody Guthrie. Chuck’s performing style comes from a variety of influences that run the gambit of musical genres from Rock to Country to R & B and Funk.  Chuck’s song writing style comes from the same lineage as his musical heroes John Prine, Bob Dylan, Guy Clark, and Townes Van Zandt. Chuck’s passionate and soulful performances never fails to entertain and give his audience a unique musical experience.



10:30 - 11:30 pm Alyn Mearns Alyn Mearns was born and raised in the troubled streets of Belfast, Northern Ireland. He began studying the violin at age five, but decisively switched to the guitar at ten after hearing a friend play “Johnny B. Goode”.

Alyn moved with his family to America at age sixteen and soon met Dr. Douglas James, his first mentor and teacher. Upon the suggestion of Dr. James he competed for ASU’s annual Fletcher Scholarship and won. Mearns went on to pursue his graduate studies at Austin Peay State University under the guidance of eminent virtuoso and scholar Dr. Stanley Yates.

Alyn has won a prize in the Appalachian guitar competition and has had music published by Mel Bay, Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine, and was commissioned to write a tone poem, “The Vastness of the Sea” for The Appalachian Summer Festival. Alyn currently tours Europe and America with his own brand of sophisticated songwriting.

Sunday, October 9

1:00 - 2:00 pm Kevin Leftwich Kevin currently writes and performs his own style of alternative country music. He just completed his first album, "The Ghost in the Keyhole” which is a mixture of country and rock with a hint of bluegrass. Influences include: Steve Earle, Merle Haggard, The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, The Floating Men, and The Drive-by Truckers.





Bring Canned Food To Build Castle Of Cans, October 8 & 9

Hickory - One in six Americans in 2011 is struggling with hunger. The statistics for Catawba County are even more staggering. Local food pantries and soup kitchens are desperately trying to meet the demands for food this fall. Most are trying to serve more than twice the number of people than even last year.

Students in elementary schools through college in Catawba County are collecting canned food for 13th Annual Castle of Cans Food Drive. The food will be distributed to The Corner Table of Newton, Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministries (ECCCM), Exodus Homes, The Family Care Center, The Flynn Home, Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry (CCM), The Hickory Soup Kitchen, and The Salvation Army.

Boy Scout Troop 903 will build a castle with the cans in the Kidsfest area of Hickory's Oktoberfest in downtown Hickory on October 8th. This will serve as a visible symbol of the community's concern with hunger.

Please join the students and help by bringing canned food to Oktoberfest on October 8 or 9. Help to build a castle of cans...a castle of caring.

Balloon Pirates To Donate Proceeds From

Oktoberfest Sales To Zahra’s Playground

Hickory - Hickory’s Oktoberfest is excited to bring the Balloon Pirates to this year’s festival. The Balloon Pirates is a complete variety entertainment company that started in Greenville, SC two years ago, and has just opened a branch in the Newton/Hickory area.

They specialize in providing the most outrageous balloon entertainment you've ever seen, but also have some of the best face painters (they call them skin artists) in the country, and a whole network of highly skilled variety entertainers such as stilt walkers, magicians, clowns and jugglers. Their goal is to provide the very best in family and children's entertainment for any event and all occasions.

You should know that these ain't your grampa's balloon animals! They've left the one balloon dogs in the dust and put on a high energy interactive show while making the biggest, craziest, funniest multi-balloon sculptures you've ever seen! The Balloon Pirates are proudly donating proceeds from Hickory Oktoberfest to the Kiwanis for Zahra's Playground.

You can reach The Balloon Pirates in Newton/Hickory at (828) 291-4600 or on the web at

Oktoberfest is a yearly event held yearly the second weekend in October. This year’s dates are October 7, 8 and 9. For more information please visit the website,

7th Annual Oktoberfest Road Race

To Benefit Hospice, October 8

Hickory - The Seventh Annual Carolina Orthopaedic Specialists’ Oktoberfest Road Race will take place on Saturday, October 8th in downtown Hickory as part of Downtown Hickory’s Oktoberfest. Proceeds from the Carolina Orthopaedic Specialists’ Oktoberfest Road Race will be split equally between the four Hospices in Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba Counties. Using a holistic approach, Hospice serves the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the terminally ill and their family members. Hospice helps patients live as pain-free and comfortably as possible, so they can enjoy each day with their loved ones. Due in large part to community support, Hospice care is provided to anyone who needs it, regardless of their ability to pay. Carolina Orthopaedic Specialists believes that Hospice is such a worthy cause and one that touches the lives of so many. We are excited to help support the programs they offer.

The cost to register for the race is $25 for the 10k run and $20 for the 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.

Participants may register online at Onsite registration will also be offered on race day from 7:00 am until 7:45 am in the parking lot across from City Hall in Hickory.

Participants may also register at Fleet Feet Sports until 7:00 pm on Friday, October 7th. 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 for pick-up on Saturday, October 8th from 7:00 am until 7:45 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.

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. For a complete map of the 5k/10k courses log onto Both courses are USATF certified.


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

The 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.

The top three male and female finishers in the following age groups for each race will receive an award. Age groups are: 14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+.

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.




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