Kiwanis Club celebrates fall with return of Yorktoberfest
The beer flowed and the tunes played at Bicentennial Riverfront Park in Yorkville despite poor weather at the Kiwanis Club's second annual Yorktoberfest celebration, Saturday, Oct. 5.
"It's fun, it's got a lot of great activities for the kids, and they're entertained. The guys are getting beer and having fun," Yorkville resident Caitlin Wilson said. "It's fun for the family."
Started as a way to bring the community together, spread awareness of the Kiwanis Club and celebrate fall, the event featured country music, family activities, beer and food.
"We brainstormed the idea for a country music-themed Oktoberfest...we really had some great success the first year, and a lot of rave reviews," Kiwanis Club Board of Directors member Justin Wegener said. "Every year it's going to continue to get better and better."
Popular events within Yorktoberfest included the return of the stein holding competition, where four competitors battled it out to see who could hold one - and eventually two - full steins for the longest time without bending their arm or spilling.
Eventually, Yorkville resident Brian Weber was declared the winner.
"We've sponsored the festival for the last two years, and I wanted to participate and have some fun in the community," Weber, co-owner and founder of Your Performing Arts Center (YPAC) said, adding that his win felt, "Great."
Yorktoberfest also featured the return of the Yorkville Knights of Columbus' annual pumpkin pull, which was folded into the event last year.
According to Grand Knight David Nemmers, the pull has proven popular because, "people like to see the pumpkins get dumped in the river and float down."
About an hour before the pull, more than half of the 400 pumpkins had been sold, to be dumped into the Fox River.