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Oktoberfest jam-packed with events

Two-day fest kicks off Friday

Band at 2016 Octoberfest event

Photo by Lorie Palmer
Band at 2016 Octoberfest event



— Fall has begun, and what better way to start the season than Oktoberfest?

The Grangeville Merchants second annual Oktoberfest event will start this Friday, Sept. 29, with the Syringa Clinic Community Block Party, 4 to 6 p.m.

“This is our opportunity to thank the community for their patience and support during our renovating process,” said clinic manager Michelle Schaeffer.

The community is invited to stop by the clinic, take a tour of the newly remodeled facility, meet providers, visit and have finger foods.

“Our chief medical officer, Dr. Told, will be available, as well as our clinic leadership team, to answer questions and show people around,” Schaeffer added.

Paradise Amusements will offer six rides in the Bell Equipment parking lot both Friday and Saturday. Purchase ride tickets there.

At Heritage Square, the beer garden will be open from 4:30 to 10 p.m. Friday and noon to 10 p.m., Saturday. The Guilty By-Standers will play from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., scarecrow winners will be announced at 7 p.m., and the Rants and Raves Band will play from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

Pony rides are set for all day Saturday, Sept. 30, close to Bell Equipment on State Street. The Lions will host a breakfast in their booth at Heritage Square, 7 to 10 a.m., as a fund-raiser for Quilts of Valor. A wellness fair, with a variety of vendors and free health checks, is open to all at the Idaho County Veterans and Community Outreach Center at 318 East Main Street, with check-in at 8:30 a.m., and running through 11 a.m.

The Flamingo Fun Run to cure SMA is set from 9:30 to 11 a.m., check-in at 8:30 a.m. at Umpqua Bank.

The Outdoor Quilt Walk is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., up and down Main Street. Central Idaho Art Association will host its show and demonstrations at The Gallery and Ray Holes Mini Mall from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Scavenger Hunt will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in a variety of participating businesses – start at Homegrown Quilts for details and a clue sheet.

“Get your clue sheets and set out for the hunt,” Homegrown Quilts owner Jody Hoogland said. “You come back here at the end, too, and there will be prizes!”

The Camas Prairie Cruisers Show and Shine will be held in the Umpqua Bank parking lot, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Franken Carts will be set up on Main Street from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

The sidewalk art contest will run from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

“Those who want to participate can pick up chalk at Homegrown Quilts or bring their own,” said co-Oktoberfest organizer and volunteer Melinda Hall. Sidewalks downtown will be available for artists’ creations.

Victory Karate Club will have a demonstration at Heritage Square from 11 a.m. to noon, followed by the Wienie Dog Races from noon to 1 p.m., then a Shirley’s Dance Studio demonstration from 1 to 2 p.m.

Franken Cart races will take place on Main Street from 2 to 3 p.m., and the ambulance and firetrucks will be set up 3 to 4 p.m. The car blow-up will take place at 3:30 p.m. behind Larson’s.

The Border Days Royalty coronation, dinner and silent auction will be held at the Grangeville Gun Club at 5 p.m.

“We have 100 ribeye dinners available,” said organizer Amy Farris. Tickets are $20 per person.

The Ginny Cash Band will play at Heritage Square from 4 to 6 p.m., followed by the Vintage Youth Band closing out the celebration, 7 to 9:30 p.m.



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