Locals and visitors came together to drink beer, grab a pretzel, listen to live music, support local vendors and join in the German festivities at the 12th annual Bluffton Oktoberfest: Beer & Brats and Classic Car Show Saturday afternoon in Bluffton Village.
Christy Pinkski, president of the Old Town Bluffton Merchants Society and owner of Sippin Cow in the Bluffton Promenade, said celebrating Oktoberfest — a German festival — brings culture back to the small town.
“It’s just exciting to do something for Bluffton,” she said.
Leslie Rohland, owner of The Cottage in Old Town Bluffton, said this was her second year participating in Bluffton’s Oktoberfest. For the festivities, Rohland made Wiener Schnitzel sandwiches with German pickles and Big Honkin’ pretzels deserving of the name. She said she came to the festival to show her support for the community and other business owners.
“(It’s) really important that we support our local merchants...represent Bluffton and put out a good product,” she said.
Rohland and Pinkski said the turnout at the festival was lighter than years previous due to other events in the area happening at the same time, like the Beaufort Shrimp Festival.
Traci Cox, a resident of Beaufort, said she came to the festival with her husband, Jason, and their two daughters, Evelyn, 1, and Eleanor, 4, to meet other family members. She said they had already visited the Beaufort Shrimp Festival the night before and thought they’d come to Oktoberfest for a “twofer” festival weekend.
“It’s just nice to get out of the house,” she said. “(It’s) fun for the kids, live music...good fun.”