Chamber of Commerce to launch first ever Oktoberfest event

3 years ago

MARS HILL, Maine — The Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce is looking to start a new tradition with its inaugural The County’s Oktoberfest, slated for Saturday, Oct. 16.

Oktoberfest will take the place of the Aroostook County Brew and Wine Fest, which was previously held for five years prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year’s festival was cancelled.

With pandemic restrictions in place for much of this year, the Chamber was unable to plan for a full Brew and Wine Fest. Organizers decided to use the situation as an opportunity to host a new, smaller scale event.

Oktoberfest will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Oct. 16 at Legacy Ranch and Event Center in Mars Hill. Attendees can sample craft beers from the Fort Kent-based First Mile Brewing Company and the Caribou-based Northern Maine Brewing Company and enjoy smoked barbecue options and German menu items from Smokey Bears Catering Service.

Oktoberfest will also feature activities such as a keg throwing contest, sausage throwing contest and a contest for German men’s and women’s outfits, the Lederhosen and Dirndl. 

Chamber Executive Director LaNiece Sirois said that organizers are hoping that Oktoberfest becomes an annual event.

“Oktoberfests are created for people to get together and have a great time. We enjoy creating opportunities to make people smile,” Sirois said.

Tickets for Oktoberfest are available for purchase on the Chamber’s website and at its office on 3 Houlton Road in Presque Isle.