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Hickory’s Oktoberfest Celebrates 31 Years

Of Crafts, Food And Entertainment! Oct. 7, 8 &9


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 31st annual Oktoberfest will take place in downtown Hickory on October 7th, 8th, and 9th. So strike up the oompah music, toast friendship, good times, and enjoy Hickory’s Oktoberfest!

Oktoberfest will be celebrating 31 years in downtown Hickory! This year will be bigger and better than ever. We have a fabulous entertainment line-up, with four stages of live music starting with the Porch 40, Girlz Girlz Girlz, Samantha Fish and Foothills Oompah Band on Friday night, kicking off Saturday’s main stage line-up is Silver Travis, 20/20, and closing with the Eliminator Band - ZZ Top Tribute. The entertainment ends on Sunday with performances of contemporary Christian music by several churches. Saturday morning work up an appetite by participating in the 12th Annual Oktoberfest Footrace and Fun Run, produced by Carolina Orthopaedic Specialists. This event continues to grow every year and we anticipate 250 runners will run the 5k 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 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. There will be wood working and pottery demonstrations under the Sails. Our non-profit area will feature free blood pressure checks and highlight local political candidates.

We have expanded our Kidsfest area to include inflatables, and rides! 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 our community sponsors and volunteers. At this time I would like to thank our community sponsors: Food Lion, Sheetz, Party City, Carolina West Wireless, United Beverages of North Carolina, Pepsi, Charter Spectrum, WHKY, Big Dawg 92.1, Focus Newspaper, L&N Productions, Acoustic Stage, Hickory Music Factory, The City of Hickory, PDQ Restaurant, 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: Tony Eltora, Casey Clark, Bill Bost, Leslie Srail, Diava McCandless, Shirley Mullarky, Jan Knotts, Phil Scarboro, Steve Snyder, Sandi Wike, Barbara Sinclair, Chis Niver and Connie Kincaid.

For more information please 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



Oktoberfest 2016 Entertainment


Main Stage

7:00 - 9:00 pm - Porch 40

9:30 - 11:00pm - Girlz Girlz Girlz

Pavilion Stage

6:00 - 9:00 pm - Foothills Oompah Band

9:30 - 11:00 pm - Samanth Fish

Hickory Music Factory Stage

7:00 - 7:30 pm - Home For The Day

8:00 - 8:30 pm - Black Jack Suicide

9:00 - 9:45 pm - HEFT

Singer Songwriter Stage

6:15 - 7:15 pm - Nathan Storey

7:45 - 8:45 pm - Caey Clark


Main Stage

1:30 - 3:30 pm - Bobby Darrin

4:00 - 5:30 pm - Metro Jethro

6:00 - 7:30 pm - Silver Travis

8:00 - 9:00 pm - 20/20

9:30 - 11:00 pm - Eliminator Band

Pavilion Stage

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

3:30 - 5:00 pm - Shelby Rae Moore

5:30 - 7:00 pm - Pan Jive Band

7:30 - 9:00 pm - Mason Via Band

9:30 - 11:00 pm - Dead 27’s

Hickory Music Factory Stage

10:30 am - 12:00 pm - Rick Cline & P3

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

2:30 - 3:00 pm - The Janitor’s Closet Band

3:30 - 5:30 pm - Hickory Parks & Rec Music Showcase

6:00 - 6:30 pm - Brock Pate

7:00 - 7:30 pm - Commune

8:00 - 9:00 pm - The Change

9:30 - 10:30 pm - The Basic Theory

Singer Songwriter Stage

12:15 - 1:15 pm - Jonathan Robinson

1:45 - 2:45 pm - Doug Thompson 

3:15 - 4:15 pm - Tony Eltora

4:45 - 5:45 pm - Alec MacGillivary  

6:15 - 7:15 pm - Gregg Adams

7:45 - 8:45 pm - Carly Rogers & Ally Brooks

Kidfest Stage

11:00 am - Suzuki School of Music

12:00 pm - Clayter Kaye Theater Works

1:00 pm - Foothills Gymnastics

2:00 pm - Ronald McDonald

3:00 pm - Sims Country Cloggers


Main Stage

2:15 pm - Corinth Reformed Church

3:15 pm - Christ Church Worship

4:15 pm - Day 3 Church

Pavilion Stage

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

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

Singer Songwriter Stage

1:15 - 2:15 pm - Dana Marie

2:45 - 3:45 pm - Savanna Chestnut

Roving: Saturday

12:00 - 3:00 pm - Carolina Moonlighters Barbershop Quartet

Roving: Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Bob Wilusz, strolling accordionist, will be playing German music for your enjoyment.

Friday • 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Saturday • 12:00 - 2:00 pm

Saturday • 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Sunday • 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Oktoberfest Entertainment - Main Stage

Friday, October 7

7-9pm • Porch 40 Porch 40 is a 5-piece Rock band from North Carolina with a saxophonist, electric violinist, killer front man, and a tight bass/drums rhythm section that holds it all together.

Porch 40

They have shared the stage and performed with The Doobie Brothers, The Marshall Tucker Band, REO Speedwagon, Leftover Salmon, The Suffers, The Nth Power, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and more. Featuring: Spencer Bradley - Drums, Scott Burr - Vocals/Saxophone, Andrew Duncan -Vocals/Rhythm Guitar, Carter McDevitt -Vocals/Bass and Mitchell Metz - Vocals/Violin.

9-11pm • Girlz Girlz Girlz The best party band, both in looks and performance...and rockingness.
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 Parader 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.

Girlz Girlz Girlz

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 wear a helmet and leave your socks at home.

Saturday, October 8

1:30-3:30pm • Bobby Darrin Bobby Darrin Harwell, known professionally as Bobby Darrin, is an American country music singer.

The singer/songwriter/drummer was raised in the small town of Hildebran, NC, were he first began his love of music at the age of 5. Following in his dad's footsteps, he began learning to play drums and continued this into his school years. Upon graduating, he began traveling and singing for a contemporary gospel quartet and found his love of country music in the early 90's.

Bobby Darrin

He has also traveled and toured with many big named artists as a drummer and a singer over the last 23 years.

Now launching a solo career with a release of his first single April 2016, he is taking country music by storm along with his backup band “BROKEN ARROW”.

4-5:30pm • Metro Jethros The Metro Jethros are a dynamic band with a variety of music ranging from all genres.

Opening for acts such as Marshall Tucker to Big Smo, they have made a name for their original music which can be described as up tempo feel good music that excites the audience and leaves a lasting impression.

A four piece band weaving harmonies throughout their songs gives them a signature sound.

Their first CD will be released in September, but you can download their current EP on ITunes.

6-7:30pm • Silver Travis Silver Travis is a little bit country and a whole lot Southern Rock, with some good ol’ blues tossed in for good measure. It’s a mix that has a firm foundation in its Southern roots.

A sound you will want to enjoy time and time again. Like a fishing trip to the local pond, a glass of sweet iced tea or an edge of your seat NASCAR race, their music has already worked its way into the lexicon of Southern life.

They are a force to be reckoned with.

8 - 9pm • 20/20 20/20 is a classic rock cover band playing mostly 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s party music.


We like to think of our song selections as rock ‘n’ roll you can dance to (think frat party in 1994). We throw in a few slow ones and a handful from this decade to keep it interesting.

9:30-11pm • The Eliminator Band The Eliminator Band - ZZ Top Tribute Band

See why for almost 25 years, ELIMINATOR has been the nations Premier ZZ Top Tribute! With their "genuine” home grown foot long whiskers to the custom tailored suits, ELIMINATOR has been performing the Best of ZZ Top Coast to Coast since 1992. Playing ALL of your favorite ZZ Top Hits! Complete with Cheap Sunglasses and Spinning FUZZY Guitars.

The Eliminator Band

Sunday, October 9

2:15pm • Corinth Reformed Church Hickory
3:15pm • Christ Church Worship Hickory
4:15pm • Day3 Church Granite Falls

Pavilion Stage

Friday, October 7

6-9pm • Foothills Oompah Band The Foothills Oompah Band brings the mood of A Bavarian autumnal festival to Hickory.

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

Foothills Oompah Band

The band goes deep into the festival spirit in their playing. Their performance is modeled after a traditional German autumnal Festival. Having played the festival for many years, the Pavilion Stage feels like home to the Foothills Oompah Band.

9:30 - 11pm • Samantha Fish Only into her mid-20s Samantha Fish has already released two CDs, played all over the world and shared the stage with well-established to legendary artists from Tab Benoit and Johnny Lang to Buddy Guy.

Samantha Fish

Label mate and sometimes touring buddy, Mike Zito has long championed Samantha and has produced her critically acclaimed albums, Runaway and Black Wind Howlin’ (2013). Samantha’s had a master’s class in a wide variety of the blues. Her work ethic is unquestioned and her love for performance is obvious.

Saturday, October 8

12-3pm • Foothills Oompah Band The Foothills Oompah Band brings the mood of A Bavarian autumnal festival to Hickory.

3:30-5pm • Shelby Mae Moore

5:30-7pm • Pan Jive 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

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!"

7:30-9pm • Mason Via Band Mason Via is a talented young musician/singer/songwriter out of Danbury, NC, who is on his rise to stardom. He has just released his debut CD, "Up, Up, Up", which contains only Mason's originals. Mason has been playing acoustic guitar since the age of 12.

Being taught by his father, notable bluegrass musician David Via; winner of the 2009 International/American Folk Alliance Songwriters Contest, held at Mountain Stage and 3 time Chris Austin Songwriting contest winner (Merlefest). Mason's lyrics are considered by many to be the driving force behind his band's music, and his vocals back up the deep emotion that his lyrics possess.

Mason Via

Mason Via plays a wide variety of music with genre titles such as Soulful Acoustic, R&B (Rhythm and Bluegrass), Funky Folk, Indie Blues/Jazz; his musical horizons are never limited. Mason's music has its own unique sound and when asked, most people are not sure how to categorize him. He has also been termed as a folk troubadour!

9:30-11pm • Dead 27s On their debut EP, Dead 27s brilliantly infused rock-and-roll and classic soul with both raw energy and refined musicality. Now with their first full-length effort Ghosts Are Calling Out, the Charleston based band expands their sound by pursuing their passion for loose and joyful experimentation.

Dead 27s

Working with a treasure trove of obscure and vintage lo-fi gear, Dead 27s have widened their sonic repertoire to offer up an album that’s boldly inventive but rooted in pure emotion.

Sunday, October 9

12:30-2pm • 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.

2:30-5pm • Foothills Oompah Band The Foothills Oompah Band brings the mood of A Bavarian autumnal festival to Hickory.

Teen Stage

Friday, October 7

7-7:30pm • Home for the Day Home For The Day is a Pop-Punk group originating from Taylorsville, NC.

Home For The Day

We are a family friendly band, all clean vocals, and do everything we can to make sure the audience has the best time they can possibly have.

8-8:30pm • Black Jack Suicide Black Jack Suicide is from Alexander County and play old school hard rock.

Black Jack Suicide

The biggest inspirations for their sound come from ACDC, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Motley Crue, and Dio. Black Jack Suicide - Bloodshot Red

9-9:45pm • HEFT Heft is a band that plays heavy music from Granite Falls, NC. They have toured the east coast, as well as have played with several nationally acclaimed bands such as The Acacia Strain, Ice Nine Kills, Kublai Khan, Counterparts, and more.


With their debut single 'Deadbeat' released in early 2016, the writing process has soared, generating plans to enter the studio in early 2017 for their debut full length LP with Ryan Harvey (Kublai Khan, 2x4, I AM, etc.) with an album release tour shortly following.

Heft plans to never stop, and has high hopes to make music a full time career.

Saturday, October 8

10:30am-12pm • Rick Cline & P3 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 to18 from the surrounding area.

Rick Cline & P3

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 13wks at the SALT block. For more information and/or schedule of rehearsals please visit or text 828-320-2959.

12:30-2pm • Rick Cline's Steel Groovin & Pandemic Steel Groovin and Pandemic Community Steel drums bands exist to provide playing and performance opportunities on steel drums and are a part of the Piedmont Percussion Program.

Steel Groovin’ & Pandemic

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.

2:30-3pm • The Janitor's Closet Band The Janitor’s Closet band was formed in the fall of 2015. The band is local and from Conover, NC.

The Janitor’s Closet

The style of music represented by this band would be categorized as alternative rock and modern folk. Most of the music is original and inspired by growing up in the South.

The members are Beatty Sharpe on drums, Ryan Turner on guitar and vocals, and James Winstead on bass guitar.

3:30-5:30pm • Hickory Parks & Recreation Music Showcase The Hickory Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with Hickory Music Factory will offer a Musical Showcase at Hickory’s Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 8 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Bands and solo artists will have the opportunity to show off their musical talents. Participants will have 20 minutes to set up, perform, and break down. For more information on this program, please contact Senior Recreation Programmer Angela Smith at 324-6990 or email

6-6:30pm • Brock Pate Brock Pate is a sixteen year-old guitarist and songwriter from Conover, North Carolina. With a musical background in classical violin, Brock decided to make the switch to guitar at the age of thirteen.

Through the guidance of the Hickory Music Factory, he began performing regularly at Hickory's Open Mic Nights at Copperbean Coffee. Presently, he can also be found performing at various venues throughout the city.

Brock Pate

Playing old and new songs of diverse genres in a stripped down, acoustic setting, Brock Pate presents a performance that is sure to have something for every music lover.

7-7:30pm • Commune Commune is a four piece Americana band from Granite Falls, North Carolina. Influenced by bands and musicians such as The Grateful Dead, Doc Watson, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, and Bill Withers.


Commune's purpose, is to bring togetherness in a sense of music, and fellowship. Typically an electric band, Commune will also set the stage by playing acoustic sets, on a folkier side of the music spectrum. Members include: Warren Johnson (singer), Jacob Alexander (guitar/mandolin), Joshua Blankenship (guitar/vocals) and Zakary Spencer (bass). Together, the four makes Commune, a blend of folk, blues, and psychedelic rock which creates an atmosphere of good vibrations and a pleasant tone for anyone to hear.

8-9 pm • The Change The Change (formerly known as Distraction) is an all-girl Funk/R&B band from Princeton, WV. Although only 16 and 17 years old, the girls have been playing together over half of their lives.

The Change

They are known for their ability to entertain a crowd of any age. With well-known covers by James Brown, Pharrell Williams, Parliament Funkadelic, Bruno Mars, Michael Jackson, John Legend, The Roots, Etta James, and Bill Withers, everyone will be on their feet singing and dancing along.

The members of The Change are part of a national anti-bullying organization called Free2Luv. They do anti bullying shows in schools, boys and girls clubs, libraries, and community centers encouraging other youth and reminding them that there is hope!

The Change is a lot more than a great band with great music, they are passionate young ladies who desire to make a change in the world and they believe that starts with making connections with their audiences. They desire to inspire others through music and everywhere they go, they bring smiles to the faces in those communities.

Recently their music video for their original song, "Be The Change," was featured on The Daytona 500 and Indy 500 Jumbotron.

9:30-10:30pm • The Basic Theory The Basic Theory is a 3 man band consisting of the frontman, Bennett Kinder, the bass player, Jack Kinder, and the drummer, Joe Caudill.

The Basic Theory

Jack and Bennett are brothers who have been playing together for years, writing songs and learning songs from bands such as, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Sublime. They both were born in Hickory, North Carolina and have stayed there for over 15 years. Joe is a former petty officer in the Navy, who has been playing drums for 10 years. He's played with groups from Hickory, his hometown, and is currently going to college in Gastonia. His influences include Gary Clarke Jr and Stevie Ray Vaughn.

Singer Songwriter Stage

Friday, October 7

6:15-7:15pm • Nathan Storey Nathan Storey is a seasoned folk rock singer songwriter from Charlotte, NC. Nathan has developed a sound where, “he puts lush emotion and sincerity into each note making any listener sit up and take notice…his melodies and chord changes become hook laden delights,” as described by John Fonvielle, The Beat Magazine. In his songwriting, "Storey weaves intimate tunes, filled with emotion and powerful metaphor," as detailed by Hunter Gardner of Charleston Grit.

Nathan Storey

7:45-8:45pm • Casey Clark Casey Clark. A firm believer in the power of a well-crafted tunes, Clark’s work both as a songwriter and relentless road dog have won him respect from several of Nashville’s hottest hitmakers.

Casey Clark

August 2016 will mark the release of Clark’s most recent effort. A 5 song EP with Grammy award winning engineer Matt Ross Spang (Jason Isbell, Drive By Truckers, Margo Price) at the helm. From rusty rockin love song “The Sting” to melodic floating anthem “Invincible;” Clark continues to rely on the power of a bulletproof song and time tested musical influences.

Saturday, October 8

12:15-1:15pm • Pistol Hill Pistol Hill is a 22 year old independent artist originally from Shelby NC. With a history of over a thousand songs written in a span of ten years, Pistol has been making waves while expanding his brand.

Pistol Hill

After winning the Don Gibson singer/songwriter award in 2012, Hill took off from his college dorm. Laying down his pencil to officially pursue a career in music was his lifelong desire. Two years in, Pistol has developed an ability to connect with fans through multiple sources.

While Teaming up with AIM graduate Derek McCoy and "Live in the Music" founder Jeff Adams, the three have used the motto "always be creative" to start up a unique experience for fans. They have used the household blog to intrigue sponsors of all levels and are calling the group with access "the Label".

Pistols down home personality mixes well with his troubled rocker performances. Audiences receive an energetic and true to country music show that will never be the same twice.",

1:45-2:45pm • Doug Thompson Singer/songwriter Douglass Thompson spins yarns one program director called “three-minute novels.” Alternately gripping, touching and hilarious, they’re populated with such diverse characters as western swinger Spade Cooley, Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov, film directors Sam Peckinpah and John Ford, and an ornery ex-girlfriend who’s “still in jail again.”

Doug Thompson

3:15-4:15pm • Tony Eltora Imagine Van Morrison hanging out with Paul Simon playing Muddy Waters songs, this is what Tony Eltora's music sounds like.

Tony Eltora

Raised in Richmond VA, Eltora grew up playing and performing at the age of twelve. Drawing from his vast love of all styles of music, Eltora’s sound is a mix of blues and soul with hints of jazz and world music thrown in. Tony moved to Hickory NC in 1998 where he continued to teach private guitar instruction and performing in local and regional bands as well as working on his solo material. He has shared the stage with many national and regional musicians including, Tim Reynolds, Sam Bush, Keller Williams, George Porter Jr, Oteil Burbridge, and Acoustic Syndicate, to name a few.

Because of his love of teaching kids, Tony helped found the Hickory Music Factory in 2012, a nonprofit organization in Hickory, NC with the mission to build futures through music by teaching, performance and community outreach. For more information about Tony Eltora, please visit,

4:45-5:45pm • Alec MacGillivray 22 year old Alec MacGillivray is not your typical country artist. Bringing together Nashville style with Boston swagger, MacGillivray brings a party environment to every stage he steps on. His electric live show has been on the road on the big stages opening for artists like Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, and Frankie Ballard, as well as headlining smaller clubs and festivals. A former college football player, MacGillivray took to music full time his senior year in college. Since then, he has been building a buzz among all kinds of music fans with his songwriting and delivery. Catch him on the road this summer, and look for his music on iTunes and Spotify, as well as all other streaming services!

6:15-7:15pm • Greg Adams New York-based singer and songwriter Greg Adams is constantly challenging himself as a musician. By studying guitar greats Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, and J.J. Cale, he has learned to push his chosen instrument and delve deep into his craft.

Greg Adams

He is always searching for songwriting style and inspiration, taking cues from James Taylor, Sting and Jason Mraz, and composing music that strikes a chord in real life: stories about what he’s seen, what he’s done and where he’s going.

7:45-8:45pm • Carly Rogers & Allie Brooks Carly Rogers moved from Vermont to Tennessee to pursue her goals of singing and songwriting.

Carly Rogers

Carly is in her final year studying business at Belmont University. She has traveled all over the East Coast and Midwest playing music; she has also played the world-famous honky tonks of Broadway in Nashville.

Carly's influences and icons include Sheryl Crow, Miranda Lambert, Jimmy Sites, and Mary Chapin.

Allie Brooks

Allie Brooks is a singer/songwriter currently going to school in Nashville.

Sunday, October 9

1:15-2:15pm • Dana Marie Nashville based Dana Marie uses her platform as a musician to empower young women and inspire them to shine. She openly shares her story of surviving through trauma, struggling with Crohn's Disease, and living with an ileostomy in order to show others that we are only limited by our own beliefs.

Dana Marie

Dana believes that there always is a silver lining, we just have to be willing to find it. She's on a mission to inspire others to follow their hearts; because when you shine, you give others permission to do the same.

2:45-3:45pm • Savanna Chestnut Comin’ to ya from the boondocks of Kansas, Savanna Chestnut is an aspiring country singer/songwriter with an ironic sense of humor and a love for the sweet, twangy sounds of old country music. Savanna’s music is simple, and to the point (sometimes a little mouthy as well).

Savannah Chestnut

Aiming to stay true to the sounds of the 90’s country she grew up to, her lyrics are a story oriented, bitter-sweet blend. Sometimes she’s bitter, sometimes she’s sweet. So whenever you’re in the mood for a little twang and a little attitude, she’s your girl.

Kidsfest Stage

Saturday, October 8

11:00 am - Suzuki School of Music
12:00 pm - Clater Kaye Theaterworks
1:00 pm - Foothills Gymnastics
2:00 pm - Ronald McDonald
3:00 pm - Sims Country Cloggers


Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Bob Wilusz, strolling accordionist, will be playing German music for your enjoyment.

Bob Wilusz


12-3pm - Carolina Moonlighters Barbershop Quartet

Castle Of Cans Returns To Oktoberfest With

Boost From Food Lion

Hickory - The Castle of Cans will again be built at Oktoberfest in downtown Hickory, Oct. 7-9. The county wide canned food drive provides added supplies to soup kitchens and agencies that help families in need in our communities. This year the drive has received an opening boost from Food Lion. Food Lion is donating 5,000 pounds of canned goods for a foundation for the castle through its Food Lion Feeds hunger relief initiative.

"As a proud community partner, Food Lion is pleased to support the Castle of Cans and help feed the hungry in Hickory," said Dale Oelkers, Food Lion's Director of Operations for the Hickory area. "Through our Food Lion Feeds initiative, Food Lion has committed to donate 500 million meals by 2020 because we believe that no one should have to choose between dinner and rent or gas and groceries. We're pleased to be able to support the Castle of Cans event and look forward to continuing to serve the hickory community for many years to come."

Castle of Cans coordinator Jan Knotts said, “This generous donation from Food Lion gives us such a great start. Students of all ages have put their hearts into the castle over the past 17 years. Seeing a commitment like this from a local company will surely spur them on”.

The Susan L. Coleman Castle of Cans is the community service component of Oktoberfest. Hickory Downtown Development Association sponsors the event and St. Alban’s Episcopal Church coordinates the food drive.

Castle of Cans

Last year 12,163 pounds of food was distributed to the following agencies: The Corner Table of Newton, Eastern Catawba County Cooperative Christian Ministries, Exodus Homes, The Family Care Center, Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministries, Then Hickory Soup Kitchen, The Salvation Army, and Second Harvest Food Bank.

Students in public and private school around Catawba County donate most of the cans for the castle. Last year drives were also held at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Hickory Choral Society, and Carolina Broadway Theatre Company/Clater Kaye Theatre. Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse and Hampton Heights Golf Course were community collection sites.

For information about Oktoberfest, please contact 828-322-1121. For information about the Castle of Cans, please contact Jan Knotts at 828-495-3029.

Greenway Offers Free Oktoberfest Shuttle

Friday, October 9, 2015 - 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm.

Festivalgoer’s may Park and Ride anywhere along the route that encircles the Lenoir Rhyne campus and continues down 8th Street SE and NE, to 1st Avenue, up 2nd Street NE and along 5th Ave Plaza NE, and back to the campus. Flag down the driver anywhere along the route for a ride. The pick up and drop off point in Downtown Hickory will be in front of Hickory City Hall located on Center Street between Main Avenue NE and 1st Avenue NE (noted by the star on the map). Please call Greenway Public Transportation at 828-465-7634 for information.









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