Smithville Octoberfest forges new path, returns from hiatus

SMITHVILLE — After about a seven-year hiatus, Smithville’s Octoberfest will return to the city from 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, Oct. 4; and from 8 a.m. to midnight Saturday, Oct. 5, in Courtyard Park, located at 100 E. Main Street.

“I kind of just mentioned I would like the festival to come back to my family members and so we rounded up some people who were involved with the festival in years past,” said Allison Lamb, president of the festival committee. “That is where it all started.”

This year’s Octoberfest will be the first since 2012. Working to bring back an old favorite for about a year, Lamb said efforts included finding sponsorships and hosting two music bingo fundraisers.

“When we had this idea, we had zero dollars in the bank,” Lamb said. “The city did not have any funding for the festival either. Without the community to support our dream, we would not have Octoberfest back this year.”

In addition to featuring live music, performances and dozens of vendors serving food and selling products, Octoberfest will also include a Little Mr./Miss contest, baby contest for children 1 and younger, parade, Pets Day Out event, cornhole tournament, Halloween costume contest for humans and pets and a beer garden.

Bringing back some traditions from Octoberfests of years past, attendees can also expect to see a pancake breakfast and an unmanned boat race in the Little Platte River. The race is open to those age 14 and younger. A $50 prize will be given to the winner.

The event will also feature performances on the Ali Kemp Memorial Stage in Courtyard Park and on another stage in a performance tent.

The following is a schedule of events planned for this year’s Octoberfest.

Friday, Oct. 4

• 5 p.m.: Children area and tent open

• 5 to 7 p.m.: Country singer Shotgun Shell performs in tent

• 6 p.m.: Little Mr./Miss contest for those ages 5 to 6 begins

• 7 to 11 p.m.: Bullhaulers Band performs in tent

• 7 p.m.: The Frost Band performs on stage

Saturday, Oct. 5

8 to 10 a.m.: Pancake breakfast at First Christian Church, 201 N. Bridge St.

9 a.m.: Baby contest begins in Courtyard Park

11 a.m.: Parade begins

12:30 p.m.: Tent opens

1 to 2 p.m.: Artistry in Motion performs on Courtyard Park stage

1:30 to 3:30: Taylor Cullen performs in tent

1 to 4 p.m.: Pets Day Out

2 p.m.: Dog and human costume contests begin

2 to 4 p.m.: Cornhole tournament begins

3 p.m.: Mr. and Mrs. Halloween costume contest begins on stage

3 p.m.: Wag’N’Walk dog parade begins

4 p.m.: Unmanned boat race begins in Little Platte River

4 to 7 p.m.: Damien Gunn performs in the tent

5 to 6 p.m.: Shoot for the Stars performs on stage

8 p.m. to midnight: The Comancheros perform in tent

7 to 9 p.m.: Casi Joy performs on park stage

10 p.m.: Hog calling contest begins in tent

Northwest Editor Sean Roberts can be reached at or 389-6606.

Northwest Editor Sean Roberts can be reached at or 389-6606.

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