Perfect weather set the scene for the Second Annual Midwest Oktoberfest. Brian Hansmeier, Ryan Rydell and Ryan Asta teamed  up once again to bring fall fun in the tradition of German and bar-based festivals. In its second year this unique event drew in nearly 1,000 people on who celebrated the season in style at Settlers Park on Saturday, Oct.8. Under rows of tents over 100 varieties of beer were served by 35 different breweries.  All ticket holders were allowed 15 beer samples to be tried and a souvenir tasting glass to take home. Non -drinkers could chose to join in the fun as a designated driver and to take part in other activities. A variety of music was played by DJ, Rockton resident, Todd Alderman of Jukebox Bandstand. Games such as Hillbilly Golf produced lots of laughs as competitors attempted to throw volleyballs into large trash bins. Giant Jenga and bags tournaments added extra options for friendly competition. Those who wanted to up the bar, choose to take the VIP route which included early access into the event, special reserve beers for VIP only, plus special service from the staff of Rookie’s VIP lounge. Rookie’s also offered pulled pork and potatoes or sliders. Veebo’s Pizza offered a perfect second food option.

New styles of Midwest Oktoberfest apparel were designed by “Embroid This” ready to be custom ordered or purchased. Striking designs feature the state of Illinois and options of gold or silver glitter or plain style lettering which creates stunning t-shirts.

Misty Chipalla has attended both Oktoberfests in Rockton. “It was a great day spent with good friends, great beer and an opportunity to meet lots of new people,” she said. “We could not have asked for a better day. The event is a lot of work. But, seeing it all come together is a great feeling,” said co-chair Brian Hansmeier. “We are hoping to get the word out about the great events happening in Rockton. While the Hanz Brew Fest is set up to raise funds for the Todd Hansmeier Memorial Scholarship fund we have chosen to pick a different charity to give back to each year. This year we chose youth sports.” Volunteers worked in various capacities from the Macktown Warriors, Rockton Lion’s Club and the overall community.

MARIANNE MUELLER- PHOTO, The Herald. Ryan Asta and Brian Hansmeier served as two of the Co-chairs of Midwest Oktoberfest.

Ryan Asta and Brian Hansmeier served as two of the Co-chairs of Midwest Oktoberfest.

“We couldn’t make these events happen without these great volunteers, our sponsors and the community support that has been shown,” said Hansmeier.

Patrons brought canned goods to be donated to the Old Stone Church Food Pantry. All proceeds from this year’s Midwest Oktoberfest will benefit all local non-profit youth athletic programs.

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