SMITHVILLE — People refused to let rain dampen festivities during Smithville’s Octoberfest Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4 and 5. The event marked its return after a seven-year hiatus.

While the parade marching on from Smithville High School to Courtyard Park Saturday morning, vendor booths, snack stands and a children’s play area also toughed out stormy weather for visitors.

Live music was performed on the Ali Kemp Memorial Stage in Courtyard Park, located downtown off Main Street; candy was thrown to kids lining the parade route and businesses opened their doors to shelter the public during spurts of harder rainfall.

With plans in the works already, the event is slated to return next year.

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

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