Ridgefield sure knows how to have good old-fashioned, small-town fun and this year Experience Ridgefield and Oktoberfest just so happen to fall on the same day.
Saturday, September 14th from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Oktoberfest till 10:00 PM), experience Ridgefield’s “proud past, prosperous present and promising future” in the fourth annual Experience Ridgefield community carnival sponsored by the Ridgefield School District.
And while you are taking in all Ridgefield has to offer, enjoy an Oktoberfest celebration sponsored by Ridgefield Main Street Association at the same time. Both events will take place at the new Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex (3125 S. Hillhurst Rd).
Experience Ridgefield first started in 2016. School board members Scott Gullickson and Joseph Vance were looking for ways for the district to bring the community together. Nathan McCann, Ridgefield School Superintendent, looked to the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council (SSAC) for their help. This group of twelve students ranging from grades 4th through 12th and each representing one of the district’s schools came up with a “highly interactive, carnival-like event” that represents exactly what makes Ridgefield unique and showcases what everyone loves about the community. Thus the name, Experience Ridgefield was coined. Guests can enjoy food, craft vendors, informational kiosks, a carnival midway and so much more!
“I’m very proud of all the creativity and planning put in by the students in developing an annual event that celebrates the spirit and pride of this amazing community. We appreciate the generosity of our partnering sponsors and the many local businesses, civic groups and public entities who continue to support Experience Ridgefield each year,” said McCann.
Once you have taken in all that is Ridgefield, be sure to check out the Oktoberfest activities with German-style food, local beer, and live music. Here is a schedule of events:
11:00 AM – Bier Garten: Steven Knape (accordion player)
11:00 AM – Family Stage: Same Old Schmidt German Band: part of the Community Concert Band
1:00 PM – Oktoberfest Costume Contest
1:30 PM – Family Stage: Steven Knape (accordion player)
1:30 PM – Bier Garten: Michael Fisher Oompah Band
4:00 PM – Weiner Dog Races
6:00 PM – Bier Garten: Cooley Show
Did you know that Oktoberfest was originally a royal wedding celebration and began over 200 years ago in a field in Munich, Germany? Well, now you know. This celebration is now the largest festival in the world. People come together to celebrate Bavarian culture and drink beer of course, in communities around the world.
Both events are FREE and family-friendly, however, the Bier Garden is for those 21 and older with tickets.
If you are interested in becoming a vendor for Experience Ridgefield, visit the Ridgefield School District online to apply.
For more information about Ridgefield Oktoberfest 2019, visit the Facebook event page.