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Hickory’s Oktoberfest Celebrates 29 Years

Of Crafts, Food And Entertainment! Oct. 10 - 12


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 29th annual Oktoberfest will take place in downtown Hickory on October 10th, 11th, and 12th. So strike up the oompah music, toast friendship, good times and enjoy Hickory’s Oktoberfest!

Recognized as the #10 Oktoberfest celebration in the country by!!!

Oktoberfest is celebrating 29 years in downtown Hickory! This year is bigger and better than ever. We have a fabulous entertainment line-up with four stages of live music starting with The Tabs and Girlz, Girlz, Girlz on Friday night. Kicking off Saturday’s main stage line-up is Atlantic Groove Band followed by Silver Travis and closing with the Edwin McCain. The entertainment ends on Sunday with a performance by Devotion.

Saturday morning work up an appetite by participating in the 10th 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! Proceeds from the Carolina Orthopaedic Specialists’ Oktoberfest Footrace will be split equally between the four Hospices in Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba Counties.

Oktoberfest will showcase more than 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. There will be wood working and pottery demonstrations under the Sails by North Carolina Woodwright Eddie Hamrick. Our non-profit area will feature free blood pressure checks, highlight local political candidates and a changing-feeding area for families with small children.

We have expanded our Kidsfest area to include inflatables, amusement rides, carnival games, and face painters and the Hickory Crawdads Fast Pitch! Be sure to stop by the Kidsfest stage for performances by area dance groups, gymnastic teams and martial arts groups. The Susan L. Coleman Castle of Cans promises to be bigger than ever this year. Drop off canned goods to contribute to the castle and help Oktoberfest feed the hungry.

The Pepsi Food Court will get your mouth watering with all the wonderful aromas and tastes of savory treats. Ethnic food from around the word. Unique German favorites. Homemade specialties.

Hickory’s Oktoberfest is possible through the support of the community sponsors and volunteers. At this time I would like to thank our community sponsors: Cosmo Motors, Bark Mobile, Party City, XBOX One Tour, Steele’s Construction, Opulence by Steele, Frye Regional Medical Center, United Beverages of North Carolina, Pepsi, Charter Communications, WHKY, Big Dawg 92.1, Focus Newspaper, L&N Productions, Hickory Music Factory, 91.7 WSGE, Texas Roadhouse, In His Service Productions, Acoustic Stage, 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 coordinators; Leslie Srail, Diava McCandless, Shirley Mullarky, Jan Knotts, Phil Scarboro, Steve Snyder, Sandi Wike, Bill Bost, Casey Clark, Tony Eltora, James Little, Anna Price, Robin Lutz, Barbara Sinclair and Connie Kincaid.

I cannot cover all the festivities so for more information visit our website at!

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 2014


Oktoberfest 2014 Entertainment


Main Stage

7:00 - 8:30 pm - The Tabs

9:00 - 11:00 pm - Girlz, Girlz, Girlz

Pavilion Stage

6:00 - 8:00 pm - Foothills Oompah Band

8:30 - 10:00 pm - Dub Kartel

Hickory Music Factory Stage

6:00 - 6:30 pm - Wolfsugar

7:00 - 7:30 pm - The Charlatan Basement Blues Revue

8:00 - 8:30 pm - Ghost Named Gertrude

9:00 - 9:30 pm - Shiva’s Destruction

Singer Songwriter Stage

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

7:45 pm - 8:45 pm - Michael Miller


Main Stage

2:00 - 4:00 pm - Atlantic Groove Band

4:30 - 5:30 pm - Gruv Dawgs

5:30 - 7:00 pm - Bad Romeo

7:30 - 9:00 pm - Silver Travis

9:30 - 11:00 pm - Edwin McCain

Pavilion Stage

12:00 - 2:00 pm - Foothills Oompah Band

2:30 - 4:00 pm - Dead End Parking & Yaddatu Horns

4:30 - 6:00 pm - Pan Jive Steel Drum Band

6:30 - 8:00 pm - The JJL Band

8:30 - 10:00 pm - Phuncle Sam

Hickory Music Factory Stage

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

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

2:30 pm - 5:30 pm - Hickory Parks & Rec Music Showcase

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm - Scratching Vinyl

7:00 pm - 7:30 pm - Leonardo DeCapitated

8:00 pm - 8:30 pm - The Basic Theory

9:00 - 9:30 pm - Moon Unit

Singer Songwriter Stage

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm - Don Nivens

1:45 pm - 2:45 pm - Makenzie Little 

3:15 pm - 4:15 pm - Prettier Than Matt

4:45 pm - 5:45 pm - J. Patrick Warren & Cory Kinal  

6:15 pm - 7:15 pm - Casey Clark

7:45 pm - 8:45 pm - Alan Mearns

Kidfest Stage

12:00 pm - Foothills Gymnastics

1:00 pm - Clater Kaye Theaterworks

2:00 pm - Sims Country Cloggers

3:00 pm - Suzuki School of Music

4:00 pm - Hits 4 Fit Zumba


Main Stage

1:30 - 2:30 pm - Awaken

3:00 - 4:00 pm - City Cry of Christ Church

4:00 - 5:00 pm - Devotion

Pavilion Stage

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

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

Singer Songwriter Stage

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm - Kevin Leftwich

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm - Travis Smith


Oktoberfest Entertainment - Main Stage

Friday, October 10

7:00 - 8:30 pm The Tabs More than just Rock & Roll, The Tabs perform original and cover tunes throughout the Southeastern United States.







9:00 - 11:00 pm Girlz, Girlz, Girlz Michael St. James, Duffel, Stik E. Sweet, Roxy Rockett. Four earth-shattering rock superstars from the ‘80s. If you ask anyone who survived L.A.’s famed Sunset Strip scene about these guys, they’ll pretend to have never heard of them, and they’ll say something like, “Were they even born yet? Don’t you see how young they look?”

Well, that person was just trying to be cool by paying attention to Hit Parade and Headbangers’ Ball while these dudes were tearing up the underground scene. After taking a little time off from being unstoppable to regroup and relax, Girlz, Girlz, Girlz, has once again reclaimed their rightful position as the torchbearers for rocking parties across the nation.

Besides everyone’s favorites from the heyday of ‘80s rock, they jam out the biggest recent hits with the same arena-imploding feel. Whether they’re ripping through “Livin’ on a Prayer” or “Bad Romance.” “Sweet Child O’ Mine” or “Larger than Life,” it’ll be sure to bang your head and rock your socks off. So wear a helmet and leave your socks at home.

Saturday, October 11

2:00 - 4:00 pm Atlantic Groove Band Atlantic Groove, based out of Salisbury, NC, is comprised of musicians with a combined average of 27 years professional experience. The Band features 5 vocalists from the six members on stage and also includes a 2 piece horn section.

Atlantic Groove features a wide variety of music in the most popular genres including Carolina Beach, R&B, Rock, Funk, Disco and Country.

The band professionally adapts to any venue whether it be a formal “black tie” event, business casual event, festival, clubs, or just a party.

Atlantic Groove makes every guest feel as if they are a part of the show.


4:30 - 5:30 pm Gruv Dawgs







5:30 - 6:30 pm Bad Romeo Bad Romeo is one of the most talented bands around. This high energy unit combines exquisite musicianship with brilliant vocals and one of the most popular song selections imaginable.

The band is based out of the Charlotte and Hickory areas of North Carolina, and has matured into a powerhouse that delivers a unique offering of styles and genres of music with an unequaled stage show. It’s one hell of an experience!





7:30 - 9:00 pm Silver Travis Like the mythical phoenix, Silver Travis rose from the ashes of the past a few years ago, and they have been burning brightly ever since. These southern boys have a firm grip on the reality of the music business, but they refuse to give up on that old rock and roll dream. For Silver Travis, it’s all about the music. The music they all love.






9:30 - 11:30 pm Edwin McCain Edwin McCain’s voice is everywhere. At any given moment, a radio station is playing one of his songs. An American Idol hopeful is belting out “I’ll Be.” A newlywed couple is dancing to “I Could Not Ask for More.”

His songs have over 25 million plays on myspace alone. There’s Edwin singing the National Anthem before the Atlanta Braves and the Dodgers play for the pennant. Before a NASCAR race at Talladega. And at the NBA Finals. We hear him in over 100 concert halls throughout the country every year, and that’s not even counting the performances at the Super Bowl Village and fundraisers for Habitat for Humanity, the Wildflower Camp Foundation, Kyle Petty’s Victory Junction Gang and so many more.

McCain’s innate ability to write and perform songs that somehow every listener claims as their own has made him one of the most enduring and downright likable entertainers of our generation.

Sunday, October 12

Contemporary Christian Music. Sponsored by In His Service Productions, LLC.

1:30 - 2:30 pm Awaken

3:00 - 4:00 pm City Cry of Christ Church




4:00 - 5:00 pm Devotion Devotion has become the most watched group in the Carolina’s as well as beginning to surface more and more in the national arena after a spellbound performance on Bobby Jones Gospel. Their 3rd album will be released on the De Novo record label, entitled “Touch the World.” The group is strongly committed to their religious belief to inspire, to educate and to empower all walks of life to the way of Christ.

Pavilion Stage







Friday, October 10

6:00 - 8:00 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.

Our performance is modeled after a traditional German autumnal Festival. The Pavilion stage feels like home to our group. 






8:30 - 10:00 pm Dub Kartel It more or less took an act of Jah to bring the Dub Kartel together. On January 12, 2010 a devastating earthquake struck in Haiti. After the Haiti earthquake a group of all star Asheville reggae and ska musicians decided to do a fund raiser benefit for Haitian relief.

Bringing together Agent Ishi (Strut), Coleslaw (Gnomebirds), Mike W. (Shining Rock, Natural Healing), Jeremy S.(Natural Healing), Tablesaw (Shining Rock, Cosmic Wind) horn players Coutney Hall, Sean Springer and JP Furnas (Common Foundation), from this initial benefit show the seeds for Dub Kartel were sown. Dub Kartel pays tribute to the golden era of Jamaican music. Drawing on the tradition of Studio One, Treasure Isle and Dub luminaries like King Tubby and Scientist, DK brings classic roots tradition into the modern era.

Saturday, October 11

12:00 - 2:00 pm Foothills Oompah Band

2:30 - 4:00 pm Dead End Parking & Yaddatu Horns DEP (Dead End Parking) is a funk/fusion/ trio based out of Charlotte, NC. Their songs are eclectic and span several genres, but the foundation of this band is groove. The rhythm section of Micah Davidson (bass) and Daniel Flynn (drums) ensure the groove is felt by everyone with a ticket stub. Striving to keep every show different, Dead End Parking thrives on musical risk-taking, and looks forward to the unknown on stage.

Tony Eltora’s guitar playing transitions seamlessly from melodic-jazz to good ole’ fashioned rock & roll right before your ears. North Carolina is home for this band, as they’ve played from the Smokey’s to the Atlantic, and several cities in between. Formed in 2005, Dead End Parking continues to grow musically and has shared the stage with Oteil Burbridge, Karl Denson, George Porter Jr., Acoustic Syndicate and many other national and regional acts. Recently DEP has added Simon Everett (trumpet) and Kyle Teeters (sax) from the band Yaddatu to do select shows.


4:30 - 6:00 pm Pan Jive Steel Drum Band Pan Jive has been in existence since 1998. Known originally as a community program, the group has evolved into a professional, working ensemble based out of Hickory, North Carolina.

Pan Jive is a high-energy steel drum band, offering the sounds of the Caribbean islands as well as many popular and original compositions. The group has performed all over NC and surrounding states and recently released their premiere CD, "Party In Our Pans!"



6:30 - 8:00 pm The JJL Band The JJL Band is a rocking blues band from Hickory, NC.

The members include Jamie Trollinger on guitar & vocals, June Annas on bass & vocals and Larry Gragg on drums & vocals.





8:30 - 10:00 pm Phuncle Sam Phuncle Sam is Asheville’s own Dead~Centric “jam band.” Since their formation in 2004, Phuncle Sam has been firmly rooted in musical exploration.

The band serves up inventive interpretations of Jerry Garcia, Grateful Dead and many others. They have built up a faithful following by using an approach that respects the improvisational traditions of The Dead, while exploring what can happen when individual band members bring their unique influences and interpretations into the mix.



Sunday, October 12

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.





2:30 - 5:00 pm Foothills Oompah Band 

Teen Stage

Friday, October 10

6:00 - 6:30 pm Wolfsugar Wolfsugar fuses the backgrounds of three unique individuals to create a funky, grooving, energetic sound unlike anything before.

A three-piece band hailing from Hickory, NC, includes Cameron Belcher on guitar, Cole Carpenter on drums, and Thomas Grell on bass and vocals. These three more-than-capable musicians, with an unrivaled passion for music, join the powerful sounds of Funk and Rock with the soul of Jazz and a hint of Blues to create a sound like no other. 




7:00 - 7:30 pm The Charlatan Basement Blues Revue The Charlatan Basement Blues Revue was formed in the fall of 2013. Coming from various musical backgrounds, the individual members each have their own histories as marching band drum captains, punk rockers, and acoustic folkies.

The Charlatan Basement Blues Revue draws heavily upon the blues and various other genres as inspiration for covers as well as their own compositions.






8:00 - 8:30 pm Ghost Named Gertrude Ghost Named Gertrude have been around through the years, they’re simply time traveling pirates is all, you see. Joe Dubois (Vocals, Keyboard, Ukulele, Drums, Guitar, Bass), Chancellor Richter (Vocals, Drums, Guitar, Bass, Keyboard), Barrett Hager (Lead Guitar, Bongos, Drums, Keyboard), Alec Miller (Vocals, Guitar, Keyboard, Drums, Bass).








9:00 - 9:30 pm Shiva’s Destruction Shiva’s Destruction is a five-piece Metal band from Caldwell County, NC, who officially began writing originals as of November of 2013. Their EP “Treachery” is currently being recorded and is planned for release this fall. In January they competed in a Charlotte Battle of the Bands and advanced to the Finals in July.

Shiva’s Destruction placed 4th out of 12 bands. They have also had the honor of playing venues such as Amos’ Southend and the Tremont Music Hall (both in Charlotte, NC) along with Deadwax Records (Lenoir NC). They have been progressively growing stronger as musicians, friends, and a band, and will continue until they’re either dead or feeble.



Saturday, October 11

10:30 - 12:00 noon P3 Percussion Ensemble The Piedmont Percussion Program was founded by and is under the direction of Rick Cline. P3 is a nationally recognized community percussion program with over 60 kids ages 5 to 18 from the surrounding area.

 Participants get the chance to learn and perform on a wide variety of percussion instruments from timpani, snare, mallets, drum set, African drums and so much more. Rehearsals are one hour on Sundays for 13 weeks at the SALT block.  For more information and/ or schedule of rehearsals please visit or text 828-320-2959.


12:30 - 2:00 pm Steel Groovin’ & Pandemic Steel Groovin and Pandemic Community Steel drums bands exist to provide playing and performance opportunities on steel drums and are apart of the Piedmont Percussion Program.

 The adult group Steel Groovin, and the teen group Pandemic both play traditional Caribbean tunes as well as modern arrangements of pop tunes under the direction of Rick Cline.




2:30 - 5:30 pm Hickory Parks & Recreation Music Showcase The Hickory Parks & Recreation Department will feature local musicians and song writers.

Each performer will have 15 minutes on stage. Don’t miss this exciting showcase of area musicians and song writers!

6:00 - 6:30 pm Scratching Vinyl Scratching Vinyl is a six piece rock group from Hickory, NC, that plays classic rock hits.







7:00 - 7:30 pm Leonardo DiCapitaded Leonardo DiCapitaded is a five piece high energy modern rock group from Hickory, NC.







8:00 - 8:30 pm The Basic Theory The Basic Theory is comprised of Bennett and Jack Kinder.

The two brothers have been playing and writing music since 2013. If you like Sublime and Red Hot Chile Peppers, then you will like The Basic Theory.



9:00 - 9:30 pm Moon Unit Moon Unit is a trio who has been playing together since 2014.

They play jazz, funk, and rock. Their influences are Umphrey’s McGee, Miles Davis, Rush, Janek Gwizdala, Bela Fleck, Steps Ahead and many more. They enjoy playing quite jazz/funk in small places but also like to play rock and roll when on a stage.

Members of the band include Brantley Ramseur on Bass, Charlie Garnett on Guitar and Kurt P. Stracener on Drums.



Singer Songwriter Stage

Friday, October 10

6:15 - 7:15 pm Cory Goble Cory is 20 years old and has been playing and writing music since the age of 10. His music taste ranges from folk to blues.

 He also likes to throw in some mainstream music with his own style. He stays active on youtube posting videos of original songs and covers. He uses the stage name Charles Ray Stone and has built a small following of a little over 1,500 people. 





7:45 - 8:45 pm Michael Miller Who am I? In a nutshell I’m a yogi, jiu-jitsu blue belt, direct marketing, guitar playing musician. I know, it’s a weird combination. I played in the band Leaving Venus for about 5 yrs, now I’m working on solo material, which I can’t wait to share with you. I’m a bit of an old soul when it comes to music, cars, guitars, and movies.

Everything seems warmer in analog. My musical influences include Eric Clapton, John Mayer, David Gilmour, Robert Cray, Derek Trucks, George Harrison, Doc Watson and any other soulful guitar driven music.





Saturday, October 11

12:15 - 1:15 pm Don Nivens

1:45 - 2:45 pm Makenzie Little

3:15 - 4:15 pm Prettier than Matt “We pride ourselves on being cool enough for the edgy and sweet enough for the sensitive. Become a fan now, because if you’re trying to fight it, we will eventually catch up with you. Welcome aboard.” –Prettier Than Matt

Jessica Skinner and Jeff Pitts are much more than a couple of pretty faces and sharp personalities. They have the talent to top it all off. In the four years the duo has been together, they’ve released an album called “Play Pretty,” performed their signature brand of music from South Carolina to Texas to New York and everywhere in between and opened for established acts like Danielle Howle, Jonas See In Color, Sister Hazel and Ed Rowland of Collective Soul. 2014 will see the release of a new collection of material.

When asked how to describe Prettier than Matt’s sound, Skinner says, “If Bon Jovi and Alison Kraus had a baby, it would be singing our songs.” The sound, she said, is a lively Rock/Folk/Pop blend.) Editor’s note: “Fock” has been unanimously chosen as the term to go with.

4:45 - 5:45 pm J. Patrick Warren & Cory Kinal (in the round) J. Patrick’s style of music is Alternative Country. Alternative means something different and country means something simple. Nothing fancy, nothing overdone. “My music comes from the soul. My passion comes from the heart. Songs for everyone to hear and to feel my heart and soul.

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 a smile.”-J.Patrick. J. Patrick resides in Hickory, NC, and hosts the Songwriters Night at McGuire’s Pub on the 1st and 3rd Thursday’s of the month.





6:15 - 7:15 pm Casey Clark What does it Sound Like? Warm fat acoustic guitars, foot stompin’ percussive rhythm, a touch of southern soul.

What is it about? The human condition.  Lyrics that you can immediately identify with.  Summer anthems about finding love “a little bit of dark” to comedy worthy storytelling in “Get my Chair Out.”

Layman’s Terms? Keith Urban had a son with Mat Kearney who loved to tell a good story!




7:45 - 8:45 pm Alan Mearns Alan Mearns plays and sings a unique and haunting brand of alternate folk music under the moniker ‘Yes the Raven’. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, he now calls North Carolina home.










Sunday, October 12

1:15 - 2:15 pm Kevin Leftwich Kevin writes and performs his own style of blue collar music. He has performed in various venues in western North Carolina and Ireland.

In 2011 he completed his first album “The Ghost in the Keyhole” which is a mixture of country and rock with a hint of bluegrass. Songs from the album received airplay across the U.S., Europe and Australia. He is currently working on a second album; “American Angels: A Parking Lot Story”. You can find his music, art and performances at 






2:45 - 3:45 pm The Travis Smith Project The Travis Smith Project has been featured on the Your Carolina television program and taken to the stage throughout SC, NC and Georgia, including at Fall for Greenville (SC), Bele Chere (Asheville, NC), and The Cherry Blossom Festival (Macon, GA).







Kidsfest Stage

Saturday, October 11

12:00 noon Foothills Gymnastics

1:00 pm Clater Kaye Theaterworks

2:00 pm Sims Country Cloggers

3:00 pm Suzuki School of Music

4:00 pm Hits 4 Fit Zumba

Bob Wilusz, strolling
accordionist, will be roaming the festival each day,
playing German music for your enjoyment.





Oktoberfest 2014...

This is my chance to reminisce about Oktoberfest!

Every year another Oktoberfest rolls around and I get another opportunity to write about the excitement that is in the air in a large area around Hickory, reaching out to hundreds, thousands of people who drive into Hickory for this event. It's repeated itself now for 29 magical years.

I was there at the beginning for the first planning meeting for Oktoberfest #1 held in a board room at WHKY, and I must admit that I never dreamed it would last for 29 years. The late Beemer Harrell came up with the idea in order to promote Downtown Hickory as well as to give Catawba County a bit more excitement with exceptional entertainment, great food, a place for kids to have fun, a craft show to entertain the adults and did I mention...great food?

Beemer had big plans for Oktoberfest and 15 years ago he was able to bring a group of 16 German dancers to Hickory, all expenses paid, to add authenticity to the weekend. Personally, even though he was my husband and I believed in him completely, or so I thought, I just didn't think he could pull this off. He did! And with great success. Beemer had an amazing amount of faith in the citizens of Hickory to provide housing for these dancers and to find financial support for their travel and meals. What a wonderful time we had with these Germans who ended up being our friends.

This year will be the best Oktoberfest of all! And we'll all tip our hats to the man who had not only the dream, but the belief in a group of people who worked tirelessly with him to bring this Festival about and to see it continue for many years. Thanks, Beemer!

~ Julia Harrell Rush

Sandy Ridge Baptist Church Offers Rest Station At Oktoberfest

Hickory - Sandy Ridge Baptist Church returns to Oktoberfest providing a rest station for parents during the festival. The rest station offers a diaper changing station. Pastor Paul Foster stated, “At an event like Oktoberfest, there simply aren’t areas where parents can have a clean and private spot to change their kid’s diapers.

We provide a covered/enclosed area with multiple changing tables and rocking chairs, along with wipes and diapers if needed.

We also have a section set up with couches and chairs for folks to wait or just rest for a bit. Besides diaper changing, we have many moms who use our station as a private place to nurse their infants.

Our church is very focused on family ministry, and so we see this as a great way to serve families in our community, as well as an opportunity to connect with more of them.”

Visit for more information about Oktoberfest.

Hickory’s Oktoberfest

More than 100,000 people attended Oktoberfest in 2013. The three-day festival offers something for everyone.

Five stages are featured. The Main Stage highlights regionally and nationally known musical entertainment. The Pavilion Stage hosts the infamous Foothills Oompah Band bringing Polka dancers to Hickory every year.

The Teen Stage offers the aspiring talents of young musicians.

The Singer/Songwriter Stage features original music.

The Kidsfest Stage provides family-oriented entertainment for the young and the young at heart.

Oktoberfest has one of the finest juried arts and crafts sections in the region.

More than 150 juried craft and commercial vendors present a variety of products and services to festival goers. And the food! Thirty or more food vendors offer a wide variety of foods from Bavarian pastries to barbeque.

The Kidsfest area has a wide selection of amusement rides, games, and live entertainment to keep families happy for days.

Whatever you enjoy most about autumn festivals, you will find at Oktoberfest! Join us for a weekend of laughter and good times! Come to Oktoberfest in downtown Hickory and make some memories!

Hickory’s Oktoberfest is an annual event held on the second weekend of October. Hours for this year are Friday, October 10 (5:00 pm to 11:00 pm with lunch served in the Food Court at noon), Saturday, October 11 (10:00 am to 11:00 pm) and Sunday, October 12 (12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Visit for more information.

Visit The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation At Oktoberfest

Hickory - While visiting Oktoberfest, be sure to stop by the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation booth in the not-for-profit area of the festival.

Learn how The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, the only nonprofit organization dedicated to the Catawba River, helps to clean up our waterways and provide information on what you can do to help.

Their mission is to educate and advocate to protect the Catawba-Wateree River Basin’s lakes, rivers and streams for everyone who depends on and enjoys them.

The Catawba River and the Wateree River are essentially one river that begins in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina and flows through the Charlotte metropolitan area into Lake Wateree in South Carolina.

The name of the river changes to the Wateree River in Lake Wateree and eventually joins with the Congaree River in Lake Marion.

In 2013, the Catawba River was identified as the most stressed river east of the Mississippi and was named the fifth most endangered river in the United States.

Recent fish advisories for unsafe levels of metals and PCBs, current studies on coal ash contamination in drinking water reservoirs, proposed inter-basin transfers, and the predicted water shortage by 2048 all add to the list of threats to the Catawba River. Nearly two million people depend on the Catawba River.

The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation effectively meets its goals by using a multi-pronged approach that includes advocacy, education, and protection programs and activities.

Visit for more information about Oktoberfest.

Oktoberfest Pavilion Stage Entertainment

Hickory - The Pavilion Stage (sponsored by Acoustic Stage) brings to the stage Asheville bands Dub Kartel and Phuncle Sam for the Friday and Saturday headliners.

On Friday, October 10, from 8:30 to 10:00 pm, east coast reggae collective Dub Kartel will rock you with classic dub rhythms.

It more or less took an act of Jah to bring the Dub Kartel together. On January 12, 2010 a devastating earthquake struck in Haiti. After the Haiti earthquake a group of all star Asheville reggae and ska musicians decided to do a fund raiser benefit for Haitian relief. Bringing together Agent Ishi (Strut), Coleslaw (Gnomebirds), Mike W. (Shining Rock, Natural Healing), Jeremy S.(Natural Healing), Tablesaw (Shining Rock, Cosmic Wind ) horn players Coutney Hall, Sean Springer and JP Furnas(Common Foundation), from this initial benefit show the seeds for Dub Kartel were sown. Dub Kartel pays tribute to the golden era of Jamaican music. Drawing on the tradition of Studio One, Treasure Isle and Dub luminaries like King Tubby and Scientist, DK brings classic roots tradition into the modern era.

Then Saturday night, October 11 from 8:30 to 10:00, Phuncle Sam Asheville's own Dead~Centric "jam band" will take the stage. Since their formation in 2004, Phuncle Sam has been firmly rooted in musical exploration. The band serves up inventive interpretations of Jerry Garcia, Grateful Dead and many others. They have built up a faithful following by using an approach that respects the improvisational traditions of The Dead, while exploring what can happen when individual band members bring their unique influences and interpretations into the mix.

Oktoberfest is held yearly the second week end in October.

Oktoberfest Castle Of Cans Named For

Long Time Volunteer ~ Susan L. Coleman

Hickory - Oktoberfest’s Castle of Cans will now be known as the Susan L. Coleman Castle of Cans. Ms. Coleman was the volunteer organizer of the first Castle of Cans food drive in 1999 and she continued to chair the Oktoberfest charity food drive until her death in 2013.

To honor her memory and recognize her tireless work, the Hickory Downtown Development Association has now included Ms. Coleman’s name in the official title of the food drive. Susan Coleman was an educator in the Catawba County School System and member of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church. When Beemer Harrell and Marvin Folger presented the idea of including a Castle of Cans food drive as part of the annual Oktoberfest, Ms. Coleman ran with the idea. Ms. Coleman was previously quoted as saying, “I feel there is a great need in the community and anything we can do in the community would help.” She continued, “The students can learn about giving to the community and caring.”

The first year, Arndt Middle School and some area churches collected canned food for the drive. Over the past 15 years Ms. Coleman expanded the drive to include numerous schools throughout the city and county and many more donations from the general public.

Several area businesses provided prizes for school collection contests. Last year the drive donated 18,696 pounds of food to eight area food distribution organizations.

The Castle of Cans is the charity component of Hickory’s annual Oktoberfest celebration. A castle is built in the Kidfest area of the festival to show our community’s support for the many who are struggling to feed their families.

The Castle of Cans is sponsored by the Hickory Downtown Development Association and is organized by St. Alban’s Episcopal Church. For information about Oktoberfest, please call 828-322-1121. For information about Castle of Cans, contact Jan Knotts at 828-495-3029.

Greenway Offers Free Oktoberfest Shuttle

Friday, October 10, 2014 - 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm.

Park and Ride anywhere along the route or Flag the bus 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. Ride and parking available at Moretz Stadium at LRU.

Call Greenway Public Transportation at 828-465-7634 for information.




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