On Thursday, Oct. 12, visitors are welcome to celebrate the autumn season with the annual Octoberfest at the Madison County Fairgrounds. The event, hosted by the Republican Central Committee and the Women’s Club, is held at both the Eby Arena and Coughlin Community Center. Doors open to the public at 5 p.m. and refreshments will provided by the many sponsors including the host groups.
“It is put on every year by the Republican Central Committee and Women’s Club,” said Kathy Henry, co-chair member to both sponsor groups. “The main purpose is to invite our community to a free event so that they can meet their elected officials and candidates face to face.”
Confirmed candidates and the offices they seek are Mary Taylor, Governor; Jon Husted, Governor; Clarence Mingo, State Treasurer; Dorothy Pelanda, Secretary of State; Keith Faber, Auditor of State. Also in attendance will be Senator Bob Hackett, Steve Austria, State Central Committee; and Bill Dean, State Representative. All candidates, local and state levels, will be given time to speak to the public.
The Coughlin Community Center will hold a Halloween fun area for children with games, prizes and pumpkin decorating, fully supervised by adults. Parents are also welcome to participate.
The opening ceremony begins at 6 p.m. with Pat Haney and Gary Lightfoot playing bagpipes and drums, followed by local vocalists, Ruth and Luke Peart, singing the national anthem.
Entertainment will kick off with Matt Rees who brings a new twist to traditional German Octoberfest music.
A special honor will go out to members of the Armed Forces, past and present. Recognition is given to all attending along with a door prize for the first 30 people and an entry ticket for a special free raffle drawing.
There will also be an auction and raffle event. Participants will have the chance to win up to $1,500 in cash.
The main entertainment for the evening is by The Wild Honey Band with Betty Londergan, closing at 10 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Reach Michael Williamson at 740-852-1616, ext. 1619.