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Hickory’s Oktoberfest Celebrates 27 Years

Of Crafts, Food And Entertainment! Oct. 12 - 14

Hickory - Hickory’s Oktoberfest is celebrating its 27th year with three days of fun, food, games, crafts, food, vendors and an incredible line up of entertainment!  Mark your calendar for October 12, 13, and 14, 2012 for a weekend of nonstop fun in downtown Hickory.

With five stages, the entertainment schedule will have something for everyone, offering a diverse variety of local and regional entertainment. The Main Stage will host Hyndsyte as the Friday night headliner and Frontier, a Journey Tribute Band as the Saturday headliner.

The Hickory Music Factory Stage (formerly known as the Teen Stage) is the place where local kids can get out of the garage and get on stage. Don’t miss these performances by extraordinary young talent. Both evenings will be ended up with DJ Curtis, one of the most versatile DJ's in the area.

The Pavilion Stage (which has moved to the city's new canopy architecture on Union Square) will feature Oktoberfest favorite, the Foothills Oompah Band. The Friday headliner will be Leaving Venus and for Saturday, the ever popular Gigi Dover and Big Love.

The Singer/Songwriter stage gives up-and-coming local talent a venue to showcase their original music. This is a great spot to enjoy a bite to eat and relax to the tunes.  

Young and old alike will enjoy the Kidsfest area with performances by local talent, amusement rides and carnival games. Here, young dancers and gymnasts will perform for the enjoyment of the crowd! 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, schools, 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! 

The non profit area will offer a variety of free materials on local organizations, along with free screenings.  The Hickory Aviation Museum will bring an airplane cockpit for the kids to explore.

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 sausages with kraut to funnel cake.

Oktoberfest will be open Friday, October 12, from Noon until 11:30 p.m., Saturday, October 13, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 14, 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 2012 possible: the City of Hickory, United Beverage, Charter Communications, Pepsi-Cola of Hickory, Focus Newspaper, WHKY Radio, WHKY-TV,, WMNC "The Big Dawg", Hickory Living Magazine, 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 27th annual Oktoberfest 2012 will take place in downtown Hickory on October 12th, 13th & 14th.  So strike up the oompah music, toast friendship, good times and enjoy one of North Carolina’s top festivals.  Oktoberfest will be celebrating 27 years in downtown Hickory!  This year will be bigger and better than ever.  We have a fabulous entertainment line-up with Soul Watt and Hyndsyte on Friday night, kicking off Saturday’s main stage line-up is Ramblin Gypsies followed by Big Daddy Love, The Black Lillies, Holy Ghost Tent Revival and closing with Frontier - Journey Tribute Band. The entertainment ends on Sunday with a performance of Christian music by 7Miles.

Saturday morning work up an appetite by participating in the 8th 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 Hickory Music Factory and Hickory Living Magazine 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 Kidfest area to include inflatables, rides and the return of the Crawdads!  Be sure to stop by the Kidfest stage for performances by area dance groups, gymnastic teams and theatre 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; United Beverages of North Carolina, Pepsi, Focus Newspaper, Charter Communications,  WHKY, Big Dawg 92.1 FM, 8th Floor Media, The City of Hickory, Hickory Music Factory, Hickory Living Magazine, Carolina Orthopaedic Specialists, 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; Tony Eltora, Leslie Srail,  Diava McCandless, Shirley Mullarky, Susan Coleman, Phil Scarboro, Steve Snyder, 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 2012


Main Stage

7:00 - 8:30 pm - Soul Watt

9:00 - 11:00 pm - Hyndsyte

Pavilion Stage

5:00 - 7:00 pm - Foothills Oompah Band

7:30 - 9:00 pm - The JJL Band

9:30 to 11:00 pm - Leaving Venus

Hickory Music Factory Stage

6:30 - 7:30 pm - Defying Rose

8:00 - 9:00 pm - A Ghost Named Gertrude

9:30 - 10:30 pm - DJ Curtis

Singer Songwriter Stage

6:15 pm - 7:15 pm - Makenzie Marie

7:45 pm - 8:45 pm - Casey Clark


Main Stage

2:00 - 3:30 pm - Ramblin Gypsies

4:00 - 5:30 pm - Big Daddy Love

6:00 - 7:30 pm - The Black Lillies

8:00 - 9:30 pm - Holy Ghost Tent Revival

10:00 - 11:30 pm - Frontier (Journey Tribute Band)

Pavilion Stage

12:30 - 3:00 pm - Foothills Oompah Band

3:30 - 4:30 pm - Chris Dixion

5:00 - 6:00 pm - Pan Jive Steel Drum Band

6:30 - 7:30 pm - Melissa Reaves

8:00 - 9:00 pm - Deck 51

9:30 - 11:00 pm - Gigi Dover & The Big Love

Hickory Music Factory Stage

10:30 am - 12:00 pm - P3 - Piedmont Percussion Ensemble

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm - Pandemic & Steel Groovin’  

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm - Hickory Music Factory Drum Circle

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm - HMF Rock Camp Bands

7:15 pm - 8:00 pm - Acme Delco

8:30 pm - 9:30 pm - The DeLearys

10:00 pm -11:00 pm - DJ Curtis

Singer Songwriter Stage

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm - David Lovatto

1:45 pm - 2:45 pm - Daniel Justin Smith   

3:15 pm - 4:15 pm - A Furry Greene Fox

4:45 pm - 5:45 pm - Brent Avato  

6:15 pm - 7:15 pm - Cory Goble

7:45 pm - 8:45 pm - Allegheny Jane

Kidfest Stage

10:00 am - Suzuki School of Music

12:00 pm - Sonya’s Dance Academy

1:00 pm - Foothills Gymnastics

2:00pm - Clater Kaye Theaterworks


Pavilion Stage

12:30 - 2:00 pm - Hickory Jazz Orchestra

2:30 - 5:00 pm - Foothills Oompah Band

Hickory Music Factory Stage

10:00 am - 11:00 am - First Baptist Church

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - Downpor

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm - 7Mile

Singer Songwriter Stage

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm - Kendra Hope

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm - J. Patrick


Sails On The Square

Mark McMasters - Mime

Performance - Noon-12:30 pm

Roving - 2:00-3:00 pm & 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Performance - 5:00-5:30 pm


Oktoberfest Entertainment - Main Stage

Friday, October 12

7:00 - 8:30 pm Soul Watt SOUL WATT is described by fans as "the most talented and versatile local/regional band around."

Soul Watt

Without missing a beat, SOUL WATT flows from modern/classic rock - to authentic blues, to supremely danceable funk, and many genres in between.

9:00 - 11:00 pm Hyndsyte Hyndsyte is “rock n’ roll,” period. Their gritty form of true rock has led the band to a well earned place among “bands to watch”. In the vein of rock titans such as Led Zeppelin and AC/DC, Hyndsyte gives a rock and roll fan exactly what they would expect a true and honest exhibition of who they are down to the core.  

Saturday October 13

2:00 - 3:30 pm Ramblin Gypsies The Ramblin Gypsies are a diverse and driven band with very different backgrounds that flow together to create a unique sound all there own. Strong stories of life on the road, broken hearts, world traveling, spiritual thinking, hitch hiking and lonely souls are told in their songs. A unique blend of Classic 70's rock, Country, Southern Rock and Blues. Roots Rock with some rustic overtones.

4:00 - 5:30 pm Big Daddy Love Big Daddy Love is a five-piece band with a unique and natural blend of rock, roots and grass that they call ‘Appalachian Rock’.

Big Daddy Love

Big Daddy Love's high-energy performances, fueled by this combination of fiery vocals, sweet-sugary harmonies and striking instrumental dynamics that range from bombastic assaults to soothing grooves, have garnered them a strong, passionate following throughout their home region. Live, with the lights on and the volume up, Big Daddy Love stretches the music out with top notch picking and ripping, delivering a stompin’ good time rich with authentic Carolina soul.

6:00 - 7:30 pm The Black Lillies Born in the rumbling cab of a stone truck and aged in the oak of Tennessee’s smoky night haunts, The Black Lillies have quickly risen to the forefront of the Americana scene.

The Black Lillies

Founded by multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Cruz Contreras (co-founder of Robinella and the CCstringband), The Black Lillies have created their own unique brand of country, roots, rock and blues via Appalachia. The group, formed in 2008, also includes electric guitar and pedal steel whiz Tom Pryor and drummer Jamie Cook, both formerly of the Everybodyfields band, bassist Robert Richards, and vocalist Trisha Gene Brady.

In April 2009, The Black Lillies released Whiskey Angel, their debut recording, which was recorded live in Cruz’s living room.  The album received rave reviews and appeared on multiple “Best of 2009” lists across the country, winning the Independent Music Award for Best Album, Americana.

The band’s current album, 100 Miles of Wreckage, has so far spent more than five months on the Americana radio Top 40 charts – four of them in the top 20.

8:00 - 9:30 pm Holy Ghost Tent Revival Characterized as "explosively intoxicating," Greensboro, North Carolina's Holy Ghost Tent Revival cannot be pigeonholed into any popular genre.

Holy Ghost Tent Revival

Melding brass with banjo, guitar, bass and drums, this five-piece ensemble boasts an eclectic mash of instruments and styles -- a musical alchemy all their own.

There are seemingly no boundaries for this group as they travel the country spreading the magic of their heart-throbbing, foot-stomping, good-time music.

10:00 - 11:30 pm Frontier (Journey Tribute Band) Frontiers | The Journey Tribute is THE national full-time touring tribute to Journey. Performing over 150 shows yearly at some of the most prestigious music venues, halls, and theatres in the country, Frontiers has become one of the most sought after tribute acts in the nation. The band regularly headlines sold out shows at House of Blues venues throughout the country. In addition to their extensive work with Live Nation, Frontiers has become a festival favorite, with a demanding schedule that keeps them on the road four to five days weekly throughout the entire year. The key to the band’s success is an unparalleled ability to live and breathe the music of Journey onstage.

The band’s positivity, professionalism, and personal relationship with their fans is a testament to their staying power, as generations of Journey fans return to Frontiers’ always evolving performances year after year.

Pavilion Stage

Friday October 12

5:00 - 7:00 pm Foothills Oompah Band The Foot Hills Oompah Band creates the mood of A Bavarian autumnal festival to Hickory.

Foothills Oompah Band

The first festival began when Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese on Oct 12, 1810.

Our performance is modeled after a traditional German autumnal Festival.


7:30 - 6:00 pm The JJL Band Rock and blues featuring June Annas vocals and bass, Jamie Trollinger , vocal and guitar and Larry Gragg , drums.




9:30 - 11:00 pm Leaving Venus Leaving Venus is taking off….

 With strong grooves, dynamics, and catchy song writing these guys have everything that a music fan needs. Fusing blues, funk, and rock, the power-trio has created a sound all their own.

Leaving Venus

There’s something about a strong trio that cannot be captured in a large band, like a finely tuned sports car with no extra baggage.

Saturday October 13

12:30 - 3:00 pm Foothills Oompah Band

3:30 - 4:30 pm Chris Dixon Chris Dixon is an established musician living in Newton, NC. He plays Bass Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Drums, Harmonica and Keyboards.

Chris Dixon

He performs songs from 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. Chris, a Bass Guitar player by trade played bass guitar for seven years for the Atlanta based band Spellbound.

Chris went into the studio and played the Bass Guitar and Drum parts, on stage he plays the Acoustic Guitar and sings live to his tracks, giving the sound of a three piece band.

5:00 - 6:00 pm Pan Jive Hickory's own "Pan Jive Steel Drum Band" is no ordinary steel drum band. Pan Jive is an extremely versatile, high energy, and highly rhythmic traditional steel band performing on authentic steel drums from Trinidad.

Pan Jive

Their wide musical styles of both traditional and popular tunes showcase the many strengths of each band member, providing an exciting modern Caribbean flavor.

6:30 - 7:30 pm Melissa Reaves Melissa Reaves has been delighting audiences throughout the U.S. for more than a decade with her rock, funk and rhythm & blues-based sound.

Melissa Reaves

Reaves is a powerful vocalist and guitar player whose style ranges from driving rock & roll to a funk and groove sound that lends itself to a diverse repertoire.

In January 2000, Melissa was chosen to participate in a "Women of the Millennium" showcase at the MIDEM conference in Cannes, France and toured in both England and France which included opening for Robert Plant of Led Zepplin.

8:00 - 9:00 pm Deck 51 Throwing down with their own special brand of classic rock, smoking blues and hip grinding soul music….

Deck 51

You don't want to miss a night out with Deck 51.

The band features the sweet soaring vocals of hot licks guitarist and studio whiz Don Norman, keyboard virtuoso Gregg Smith, the lock and load bass playing of Stever Folger and the "King of All Grooves" L.A. Freeman on drums.

9:30 - 11:00 pm Gigi Dover & the Big Love Americana singer/songwriter Gigi Dover is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, claiming to be “born, bred and buttered in the South.” She is also an accomplished visual artist who enjoys creating paintings to illustrate her music.

Gigi performs with her husband/ songwriting partner/producer Eric Lovell and their band The Big Love. They have toured extensively playing their original mix of jazz, blues, folk, rock and soul.

Sunday October 14

12:30 - 2:00 pm Hickory Jazz Orchestra The Hickory Jazz Orchestra (HJO) is a full size 18-piece group that performs swing and big band classics from the era of Glenn Miller, Count Basie and Duke Ellington as well as the sounds of modern big bands.

Hickory Jazz Orchestra


2:30 - 5:00 pm Foothills Oompah Band

Hickory Music Factory Stage

Friday October 12

6:30 - 7:30 pm Defying Rose Defying Rose is a duo made up of James Maxson and Mackenzie Pelletier, formed in August 2011.

Defying Rose

Defying Rose has preformed at Copperbean, and Oktoberfest 2011. Along with singing their own music, the duo has played songs by The Script, Bruno Mars, Kelly Clarkson, Maroon 5, and many other well known artists. 


8:00 - 9:00 pm A Ghost Named Gertrude A Ghost Named Gertrude Is a Taylorsville-based experimental indie band. Formed by Joe Dubois, conjoining two of his ex-bands with the addition of a rapper, (Xavier Poole) and a saxophonist, (Rowan Sheppard.

A Ghost Named Gertrude

Joe Dubois in the front switches from ukulele to guitar, to keyboards and to drums, all while singing the lead. Chancellor Richter sings accompaniment while playing drums and occasionally backup guitar. With a sound once being compared to a professional wrestler being buried up to his biceps in rattlesnakes, A Ghost Named Gertrude is nothing short of a good time.

9:30 - 10:30 pm DJ Curtis DJ Curtis has been making mix tapes since 2001. He has been featured in 10 different venues here in Hickory. Curtis is one of the most versatile DJ's in the area.

Expect a Top 40 Teen party for Friday night and Daft Punk style dance party on Saturday night.

Saturday October 13

10:30 am - 12:00 pm P3 The Piedmont Percussion Program is a drumming program for kids, and is the only such program of its kind in NC and surrounding states that allows kids of all ages to participate in community percussion ensembles and steel drum ensembles. Under the direction of local percussion educator Rick Cline, P3 performs high energy percussion ensemble literature on all areas of percussion for all ages.  With nearly 70 members, ages 5 to 18, it’s easy to see P3's growing popularity throughout the community. 

12:30 - 2:00 pm Pandemic & Steel Groovin’ The Pandemic Steel Drum Band is Hickory's "community" steel drum band for students.

Pandemic & Steel Groovin’

 "Steel Groovin' " is Hickory's "community" steel drum band for adults. Both groups perform on traditional steel drums from Trinidad.  

2:30 - 3:30 pm Hickory Music Factory Drum Circle The Hickory Music Factory is excited to announce Hickory's first established "drum circle" open to all ages.

HMF Drum Circle

 Facilitator and HMF member Rick Cline, has over 18 years of experience in teaching African drumming and leading "drum circles" for schools, private events, teen groups, workshops, etc. Cline studied with West African drumming masters Mohammed DeCosta, Eric Cherry, and Mamady Keita, and for years has participated in drum circles at and for the Percussive Arts Society.   

Community drum circles are informal gatherings of people who meet for the purpose of playing drums together. The main objective is to share rhythm and get in tune with each other and themselves. HMF will provide drums, but bringing your own drum is encouraged.

4:00 - 5:30 pm HMF Rock Camp Bands from the Hickory Music Factory Rock Camp will perform and show off their skills.

Let there be ROCK!!!

HMF Rock Camp


7:15 - 8:00 pm Acme Delco Acme Delco originally consisted of just three high school friends (James Setzer-bass, Lawson Huggins-guitar, Nathan Mason-drums, keyboard) who were each elite players in their instruments of choice. 

Acme Delco

Wanting to form a complete ensemble, the then-nameless band enlisted local acquaintance and chorus singer, Jake Roberts to provide his voice and lyrics. 

A few months later, the four welcomed Lawson’s brother, Alex Huggins (who, like his brother, was a very skilled guitarist) to make up the ensemble you see today. The band, while predominantly a hard rock act, will not hesitate from moving to different sub-genres unfamiliar to the head bangers of the world. 

8:30 - 9:30 pm The DeLearys The DeLearys have harmonizing magic, an amazing blend that can only be found in siblings.

The Delearys

Raised in North Carolina, they are Southern girls at heart but also have tribal membership in the Chippewa of the Thames First Nation and come from the Loon Clan in Ontario Canada.

The DeLearys are made up of two sisters, Lauren and Brooke, but they are also best friends and you can feel the laughter in their music when they perform.

10:00 - 11:00 pm DJ Curtis

Sunday October 14

1:00 - 2:00 pm Downpor Downpor is an up and coming band from Newton, NC.


Emerging into the music scene from a foundation of faith and worship comes a melodic, yet heavy hitting Christian rock band. Complicated guitar riffs and a heart-pounding tempo combine with rock solid vocals to deliver heart-felt lyrics.

Unashamed and unapologetic, their music brings Truth to listeners and encouragement to all.

3:00 - 5:00 pm 7Miles Now playing 100+ dates a year, 7Miles find themselves constantly on the go. Opportunities to play alongside such bands as Newsong, Chris Rice, the Katinas, and Bleach have given the band an ever-increasing audience. Having matured over the course of eight years and four successful independent albums, the guys find themselves on the brink of achieving their mission to develop a nationwide touring radius that allows them to spread the word about the most important thing in their life. "Each member of this band has a different story about where they've come from and yet we share the same goal - a passion for the Gospel and for inspiring people to dive into the Bible and discover what it means to have a real, meaningful relationship with the Savior of the world," according to Blount.


Bob Wilusz - Accordionist, will be roaming the festival playing German music.








Singer Songwriter Stage

Friday October 12

6:15 - 7:15 pm Makenzie Marie Just a small town girl with a big voice, Makenzie Marie mixes old school style with modern day music to create a fun, relaxing, and all-around enjoyable show. 

Makensie Marie

From her heart-felt originals to her fun sense of humor, she gives an entertaining performance that you are sure to appreciate and will leave you wanting more.

7:45 - 8:45 pm Casey Clark "Shades of Love," Casey Clark's latest release, is a hard look into human relationships. Casey speaks about his "straight up" approach to songwriting.

As a North Carolina native he has been creating tangible lyrics and backing them with a guitar since 2000. After finishing college in 2008 he decided to pursue music full time and released his first album "shades of love" showcasing the songs he had written for the last 10 years.

Casey Clark

A prolific year in 2011 Casey's music was played on Clear Channel radio station Kiss 95.1, he played 76 shows in 3 states, and was a performing guest on "The Charlotte Today" show.

Saturday October 13

12:15 - 1:15 pm David Lovatto David Alvin Lovatto, a 64 year young song writer, guitarist and harmonica player, has played with many groups in the foothills of NC.

Having played many styles of music, song writing and performing original songs, music became much easier to produce, than trying to sound like someone else. 

David Alvin Lovatto lives in Lenoir, NC. David's music is compilations of many genres.

David Lovato

His songs are personal and about people who have had hard and good times. 

1:45 - 2:45 pm Daniel Justin Smith Smith’s organic style and progressive mind are evident in both his recorded work and live concerts.

His dynamic attack on the acoustic guitar, fiery vocals, and captivating stories told through heartfelt lyrics blend effortlessly to produce gripping performances.

Dr. Ralph Stanley once said, “The ‘it’ is called soul, you either have it or you don’t.”

Daniel Justin Smith

Daniel Justin Smith has a soul worth listening to.


3:15 - 4:15 pm A Furry Greene Fox A Furry Greene Fox sprung from the back country of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The band consists of Laura Diane Greene, Natasha Smith and Matt Paynter.

Their original music mixes the sounds of the acoustic guitar with banjo, ukulele, violin, accordion, and harmonica to create beautiful melodies and harmonies that would make anyone smile.

A Furry Green Fox

 The band started in the streets of St. Petersburg, Russia, in 2007, while Natasha and Laura were on tour with the Lenoir-Rhyne A Cappella Choir.  

The most recent member, Matt Paynter, joined in 2011 on bass and guitar.

4:45 - 5:45 pm Brent Avato Brent Avato is a solo vocal and acoustic guitar act that is always a unique experience.

Brent performs original songs as well as original renditions of songs by other select artists.

He plays with a rhythmic guitar style that is dynamic; bold yet also intricate.

Brent Avato

His singing is gritty and also sweet; his lyrics celebrate irony and are true to life.

6:15 - 7:15 pm Cory Goble Cory has been playing guitar since the age of 10 and started singing when he was 16.

Cory Goble

Ever since then he has been performing at open mic's and played at last years Hickory Oktoberfest, at the singer-songwriter stage.

His music taste ranges from folk-acoustic all the way to mainstream pop music.

7:45 - 8:45 pm Allegheny Jane Lindsay Gurley and Summer Eckert have grown up together loving music.

These cousins are from Hickory, NC and are known as Allegheny Jane!

They have performed their whole lives including the past three years at Oktoberfest.

Allegheny Jane

These girls have shared the stage on numerous occasions including local coffee shops, car shows, fundraisers, 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.

Sunday October 14

1:15 - 2:15 pm Kendra Hope Country Music recording artist from Valdese NC

2:30 - 3:30 pm J. Patrick J. Patrick is a Southern singer/songwriter who writes, plays and sings Alternative Country with all of his heart and soul.

J. Patrick

Lucinda Williams said "Alternative country music is country music that doesn't get played on the radio". Lucinda is right-alternative means something different and country means something simple. Nothing fancy, nothing overdone.

Just pure simple music with a clean J.Patrick sound. "My music comes from the soul. My passion comes from the heart. My songs are honest stories of life, death, faith, and love weaved with introspective, sometimes goofy, thoughts that I hope will touch you. Songs that will evoke a laugh, a tear, or maybe just a smile."-J.Patrick...J. Patrick lives, works, plays, and writes in Hickory, NC.

Kidfest Stage

10:00 am Suzuki School of Music 

12:00 pm Sonya's Dance Academy 

Suzuki School of Music

1:00 pm Foothills Gymnastics 

2:00 pm Clater Kaye Theaterworks




Oktoberfest Memories

Wonderful Oktoberfest!  It has been such a big part of my life and my memories for many years…way back to when my late husband, Beemer Harrell, Lois Long (WHKY), Marion Love (LR-C) and a few others, including myself, met for the first time at the WHKY studios and put together the first Oktoberfest.  (It was called “Octoberfest” at the time!) 

It started out small with a craft show, some food and good entertainment, mostly locals.  I remember singing on a platform in the parking lot at the west end of Union Square.  John Coffey was playing for me and he had to wear a pair of gloves, it was so cold!  A train came by and John played “train whistle” music on the piano until the train passed.  I’d always suspected that John was a musical genius, but then I KNEW he was.  

Kidsfest and the “commercial” section of Oktoberfest didn’t start until later.  My grandson was tiny then and he loved the rides and could spend the day sliding and riding.  

The wonderful volunteers, so many of them, took part in making Oktoberfest a huge success.  The Castle of Cans (the food which is then donated to several charitable organizations) was originally designed by Beemer and his architectural partner, Marvin Folger, of Morganton.  They over-designed it!  I think they thought they were building a house!  But the end result was spectacular, but difficult to construct.  Now it is done simply as it should be.  Many thanks to Susan Coleman and the students of Arndt Middle School for making this a huge success. 

There are so many people on the Oktoberfest committee who have volunteered their time and talents for many years and without those great, hardworking and dedicated folks, Oktoberfest could never happen.  A special nod to Tracy Nestor who took over the leadership from Beemer many years ago.  She has done a fabulous job and needs our thanks! 

And I think Beemer planned his own passing… he died on the Saturday of Oktoberfest, 2007!    I whispered to him that I thought he would “do anything to get more attention for Oktoberfest!”  He WAS Mr. Oktoberfest!  

So many thanks to all of you who have carried out Beemer’s vision of what community involvement can really be!  It’s a wonderful 3 days of celebrating Hickory! 

Greenway Offers Free Oktoberfest Shuttle

Friday, October 12 - 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm.

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 City Hall, located on Center St. between Main Avenue SE and 1st Avenue NE. The vehicle will pick up and drop off every 15 minutes. Call Greenway Public Transportation at 828-465-7634 for information.

New Life Mobility Assistance Dogs Will Be At Oktoberfest

Hickory NC: New Life Mobility Assistance Dogs will be at Oktoberfest this year, educating the festival audience how shelter and rescue dogs can have a new lease on life along with providing self reliance to their owners.

In 1985 Karen Brown (now president of NLMAD) was diagnosed with limb-girdle muscular dystrophy. Her strength and independence diminished with each passing year. In March of 1993 Karen was accepted to the Independence Dogs, Inc. assistance dog training program for the disabled. Karen was matched with a collie named Ozzie.

With lots of hard work and dedication, a very determined team graduated from Independence Dogs. Independent they became, ranging from walking one mile tracks to (as the disease progressed) pulling Karen's wheelchair, retrieving the phone, carrying in groceries and opening the refrigerator door, retrieving a soda and returning to shut the door.

In 1996, Karen became a Humane Society of Wilkes County member. She became aware of the far too many quality dogs at the local animal shelter not getting adopted and being euthanized. A spark was ignited when, in a Florida Humane Society shelter in March 1997, a lovely shepherd/husky mix named Jessie stole her heart. And the wheels were set in motion that Jessie would become Ozzie's successor upon his retirement.

So the concept behind New Life Mobility Assistance Dogs was born, not only to rescue shelter dogs and give them a new lease on life, but to give their recipient a new life. A life that will no longer have to rely on always asking for help in some of life's "taken for granted" achievements or pleasures, ranging from picking up something dropped, to going off solo in a shopping mall.

New Life Mobility Assistance Dogs, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law and will help to save the life of a shelter dog and to enrich the life of a disabled person. More info on NLMAD can be found at

Oktoberfest will be open Friday, October 12, from Noon until 11:30 p.m., Saturday, October 13, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 14, from Noon until 5:00 p.m. in downtown Hickory.

Oktoberfest would like to thank these fine sponsors who help make Oktoberfest 2012 possible: City of Hickory, United Beverage, Charter Communications, Pepsi-Cola of Hickory, WHKY Radio, WHKY-TV, Focus Newspaper, Hickory Jaycees, WMNC "The Big Dawg", Hickory Music Factory, 8th Floor Media, Hickory Living Magazine, and Hickory Downtown Development Association. 

For more information, please visit our website, .

Photo: Cagney and Lacey at the entrance sign





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