Port Royal puts a Southern twist on Oktoberfest on Saturday

October 15, 2009 

  • What: Oktoberfest in Port Royal When: Noonto 5 p.m. Saturday Where: Paris Avenue Cost: Free to attend; food and beverage tickets sold separately

Residents looking for an Oktoberfest celebration with aLowcountry twist can head to Port Royal,where organizers are substituting shrimp for sauerbraten and country music for an oom-pah band on Saturday.

"We don't have a big German community in Port Royal, so we're throwing a southern version of the celebration," said Jeff Barnes, chairman of the Port Royal Old Village Association, the organization conductingthe event.

Organizers expect 5,000 to 10,000 peoplefor the festival, which will include some German flair, including bratwursts. The event also includes live entertainment, about eight restaurant food vendors, beer and wine, a classic car show and a craft fair with almost 30 vendors.

Opening ceremonies are at noonon Paris Avenue.

Local Southern rock band Incahoots will kick off entertainment at about 12:30 p.m., followed by belly dancers from the Hilton Head Dance Academy.

Nashville recording artist Bonnie Bishop will perform two sets starting at about 2 p.m. and going through the end of the festival at 5 p.m.

More than 100 classic vehicles will line Paris Avenue for ashow hosted by the Classic Car and Truck Club of Beaufort. Oktoberfest also coincides with Port Royal Elementary School's October Children's Festival.

The festival is free. Tickets will be sold for food and beverages.

Port Royal Old Village Association co-chairman Marilyn Cooler said the celebration will be family-appropriate.

"It's a chance for everyone in the community to get together," Cooler said. "The weather's supposed to be great, and we want everyone to come and have a good time."

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