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Oktoberfest set for Sept. 29-30 in Grangeville; Sign up now for events, to volunteer

Wiener dog races were popular at the 2016 Oktoberfest.

Photo by Lorie Palmer
Wiener dog races were popular at the 2016 Oktoberfest.

— What’s happening for the Grangeville Merchants Association Oktoberfest Sept. 29-30? Well here’s a start:

•Oktoberfest is set for Friday and Saturday, Sept. 29 and 30, and will feature 10-plus food and beverage vendors, a merchant scarecrow contest, Franken-Kart races, wiener dog races, a car show, quilts for sale, street music, a beer garden, a wellness fair, the Flamingo Fun Run and 3 on 3 basketball tournament.

For details contact Melinda Hall at 208-983-1230 or Nancy Asker at 208-507-0100.

•Franken-Kart Races will be sponsored by Syringa Hospital Foundation Saturday, Sept. 30. Time TBD with registration due by Sept. 28.

Race will take place down Main Street in Grangeville and there is no cost to enter. The first one to cross the finish line will be looked upon favorably, but you’ll need more than speed to win this one.

When it comes to Franken-Kart, speed is nothing without a little personality. So, “wow the judges with your cart creativity, impress them with your charisma and, dazzle the crowd with your showmanship,” organizers said.

There are several rules and judging criteria which can be found on-line at For questions contact Jo Anne Smith at or 208-507-0720 for a registration form or follow the link listed above.

•Are you looking for a place to help during Oktoberfest?

Contact Jo Anne Smith prior to Sept. 22nd to sign-up: or 208-507-0720.

Here’s a bit that will need doing:

*Friday, Sept. 29: Set up barricades for street closures - time TBD; set up beer garden cover and tables - time TBD; beer garden - serve and take money, 5-7:30 p.m. or 7:30-10 p.m.

*Saturday, Sept. 30: Set up barricades for street closures - time TBD; 3-on-3 basketball - monitor, set up and take down courts - starting at 7 a.m.; hang quilts 4 – 8 a.m. (two shifts); beer garden - serve and take money noon – 10 p.m., in two-hour shifts; safety inspector for Franken-Kart races; set up crash barrier for Franken-Kart races - 1:30 – 2 p.m.; judge Franken-Kart races - 2 – 4 p.m.; remove crash barriers for Franken-Kart races - 4- 4:30 p.m.

•Sept. 30, will be the Grangeville Biannual Quilt & Art Walk during Oktoberfest, sponsored by Home Grown Quilts and Central Idaho Art Association.

More than 150 quilts will be on display and there will be a CIAA/SRAG Artisan Show & Sale. Quilt related demonstrations will take place and there will be a quilt scavenger hunt and prizes. Riley Blake will be the quilt instructor for class and demos.

Quilts will be for sale on Main Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with free admission.

For the Quilt Walk contact Jody Hoogland, Home Grown Quilts, at 208-983-0254 or 208-983-5585; for CIAA/SRAG artists contact Kathryn Van Acker at 208-839-2808.


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