CADIZ The upcoming Oktoberfest celebration at Sally Buffalo Park will offer something for everyone Oct. 2-3. Attendees of all ages are welcome to sample entertainments before winter.
"We're trying to stick with something for all age groups," said Festival Chair Ryan Coffman.
A new attraction this year will be a karaoke contest Oct. 2, 2-5 p.m., replacing a live band with an opportunity for audience participation.
"We're trying to go with a more interactive approach," Coffman said, adding that many have expressed an interest in singing. A wide selection of older and contemporary songs will be available. Judges will rate performers on vocals and showmanship. The winner will receive a prize of $100.
Larry Bowman will DJ Oct. 2, noon-2 p.m. and Jeremy Thompson will DJ 0ct. 3 noon-4 p.m.
Also, the festival will continue to be held in conjunction with the Lucas Sedgmer 5-K Memorial Run Oct. 3. Registration starts at 10 a.m. A children's fun run begins 12:30 p.m. with the 5-K event to follow at 1 p.m.
Coffman noted last year's event saw 100 runners.
"That really helps out, having the extra people there," Coffman said. "
He added that the classic car show Oct. 2, noon-5 p.m. is a regular success, with last year's event featuring 50 automobiles. Dash plaques will be awarded to the top three winners.
Another regular favorite is a pancake breakfast provided by the Lions Club 7-11 a.m. both days.
A cornhole tournament will is set for Oct. 2 at 2 p.m. and Oct. 3, 1-2 p.m.
Craft shows and flea markets will be held inside and outside Wallace Lodge. Vendors' stands will circle the grounds and children will bounce on inflatable rides Oct. 2 from 1-6 p.m. and Oct. 3 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Thanks go to Gary Dodds, Jackie Hutyera and Mike McPeak among other volunteers for their tireless work in preparing for the festival.
"It's basically year-round," Coffman said.
Thanks also go to the Cadiz Business Association, hosting the event. Funds raised will go toward the next Oktoberfest.
For more information, call (740) 491-1323 or (740) 310-1886.