The Free Press, Mankato, MN


September 28, 2012

Don't Miss: St. Peter Oktoberfest; Historic vehicle presentation

St. Peter Oktoberfest: Parade, bocce ball, music and more

St. Peter’s Oktoberfest begins today.

The Festmeister for the second edition of St. Peter’s German-themed celebration is Bill Stangler. Admission is free until 7 p.m. today. After 7 p.m., admission is $5 to purchase an Oktoberfest button, which are available at the gate. Beer from the first keg is free.

The two-day event kicks off at 4 p.m. today with a pair of musical performances: The Wendingers (4-7 p.m.) and 69 Cents (8-11 p.m.).

Music continues on Saturday: Riverbend Dutchmen (noon-3 p.m.), Bass Brand Brass Band (3-4 p.m.), Bockfest Boys (4-7 p.m.) and IV Play (8-11 p.m.).

The event also includes a parade at 11 a.m. on Saturday and a German-style bocce ball tournament at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Both events require pre-registration to participate. Contact the St. Peter Chamber of Commerce for more information: 507-934-3400.

In addition, the event includes contests for best lederhosen, best dirndl and sauerkraut eating.

BECHS club hosting presentation on historic vehicles

The Blue Earth County Historical Society’s Fingerprints and Footnotes Club’s next program is: “Keep Up to Speed: The history of the vehicles in the R.D. Hubbard Carriage House” with Larry Kortuem.

The free presentation will be held 6 p.m. on Tuesday at the R.D. Hubbard Carriage House, 606 S. Broad St..

An excerpt from the press release: “There are antiques, one-of-a-kind classics and exquisite examples of automotive craftsmanship. The Historical Society features an immaculately restored vintage 1916 Buick Fire Truck. From the “horseless carriage” to a sleekly designed “speedster,” you will not be disappointed with this breathtaking display of automotive history.”

The presentation will explore the automobile and its impacts upon America’s history and everyday life.

For more information, please contact Shelley Harrison at 507-345-5566, by email at or stop by the Heritage Center located at 415 Cherry St.

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