It’s Oktoberfest time in Remsen

Thursday, October 20, 2022
The Jim Busta Band returns to Oktoberfest 2022 to provide polka music for dancers at St. Mary’s School gym on Saturday, Oct. 29. Here the band performs in 2021 for dancers to kick of their heels.
(Remsen Bell-Enterprise Photo)

REMSEN — A Remsen tradition continues with the 49th annual Octoberfest 2022 on Saturday, Oct. 29, in Remsen.

Fall colors, cooler temperatures, polka music, food and a variety activities make this event a must stop fall favorite.

Oktoberfest activities celebrate Remsen’s Luxembourg heritage and end of harvest. The celebration has been held since 1973.

One of those activities takes place at the Remsen Heritage Museum, from 9 a.m. to noon, when the Luxembourg Heritage Society will have two cases of Luxembourg exhibits on display as well as family histories. From the museum, they will move to a booth at St. Mary’s High School gym from 4-7 p.m.

A crowd favorite, Arts & Crafts event, will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the MMCRU Middle School. This craft/retail vendor event will host over 70 vendors with a wide array of merchandise. Breakfast and lunch will be available.

Over at the St. Mary’s High School, the tapping of the “Marto Brewing” Golden Keg will be held at 1 p.m., with free beer while supplies last. That will run through 9 p.m.

The Children’s Bavarian Costume and Dance Contest takes to the stage at 1:30 p.m., also at St. Mary’s School gym. Youngsters will be judged on their Luxembourg attire, event participation and the chicken dance.

Live polka music will fill the St. Mary’s gym starting at 2:30 p.m. with the Jim Busta Band. They will perform through 5:30 p.m.

At 6 p.m., the Jim Kucera Band will take the stage and provide polka music until 9 p.m.

No Oktoberfest would be complete with the All-You-Can-Eat Bavarian Feast, featuring Luxembourg, German and American food.

Serving is from 4-7:30 p.m., at St. Mary’s High School, with ticket sales closing at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 with proceeds donated back to the Remsen community.

Items on the Luxembourg and German menu are Luxembourg trepan, bratwurst, headcheese, German potato salad, German Kraut, rolls, milk and coffee.

For those who prefer an American menu, there will be roast beef, chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing, cole slaw, rolls, milk and coffee.

Another tradition of Oktoberfest is the Men’s Choir, which will sing at four churches before the Oct. 29 event.

The schedule, subject to change, called for the choir to start its performances at Marcus Holy Name at 10 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 16.

The Men’s Choir will sing at two Masses at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the 8 a.m., Mass on Sunday, Oct. 23, and the 5 p.m., Mass on Saturday, Oct. 29.

On Sunday, Oct. 23, they will sing at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at 9:15 a.m., and Christ Lutheran Church at 10 a.m.

Oktoberfest souvenirs will be available at St. Mary’s High School during the day Saturday.