The 10th Annual Louisville Octoberfest will be held Saturday at the grounds of Louisville Town Hall. The event features live music, a barbeque contest, arts and crafts, a cattle show, a petting zoo, and numerous activities for the entire family.
Octoberfest resembles an old-fashioned community festival, and event coordinators want to keep it that way.
“We haven’t changed Octoberfest much over the years,” Louisville Town Manager Linda Webb said. “It has been very successful and people enjoy the event. We try to keep it interesting yet low-key. We want to have enough things going on that people have a great time, but we don’t want too much happening at once to make attendees feel overwhelmed. We want people to have a good time with family and friends.”
Fundraising is a major aspect of Octoberfest. Schools, churches, and non-profit organizations raise money for their individual charities. A booth that is not a part of an organization donates a portion of the proceeds to a charity of their choice. “Raising money for charities is (the main aspect) of Octoberfest,” Webb said. “We wanted something where organizations could raise money in a safe and festive environment. We have lots of vendors this year. Some are information booths while others sell various products.”
The arts and crafts show will be held inside Town Hall. “Arts and crafts has been booked for over a week,” Webb said. “Everybody should be able to find something that catches his or her interest.”
Food is a big standout at the event. Kettle corn, ice cream, funnel cakes, fudge, brownies, and several other carnival favorites will be available. The main attraction every year is the Barbeque Throwdown. Teams compete to see who has the best barbeque at Octoberfest. A team wins by selling the most food. All proceeds go to the team’s favorite charity.
“The Barbeque Throwdown always draws a big crowd,” Webb said. “We have over five teams registered for the event. Some teams sell barbeques plates, while other have barbeque sandwiches, ribs, and various other food items.”
Every year Octoberfest has live music. This year’s performers include Eddy Sweat & Thundercreek at 10:45 a.m., Drop Dead Dangerous at 12:30 p.m. and Aaron Tracy at 2:15 p.m.
The world of agriculture will be featured at the event. The cattle show will be held at 2 p.m., with several student from Heritage High School and Sevierville High showcasing their livestock.
There will also be a tractor display, a petting zoo, and an equestrian demonstration presented by Brea Hodge.
The Kidzone will have inflatables and games under a tent. A crowd favorite, the children’s train, will be back for another run.
The Pre-Octoberfest Kick-Off will be held Friday from 6:30-9:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Blount County Fire Department. They will accept donations and will offer attendees hot dogs and homemade chili. Music will be provided by the Chillbillies.
“This will a laid-back event,” Webb said. “Everybody needs to bring their lawn chairs and enjoy the music under the stars.”