Art walk celebrates Oktoberfest
The Fairfield 1st Fridays Art Walk will celebrate German culture and community during its seventh annual Oktoberfest Friday evening on and near the Fairfield square.
Oktoberfest begins with the opening of a beer garden at 5 p.m. on the square and a parade at 5:30 p.m. from Howard Park to the square.
The tapping of the keg and a traditional toast, with Fairfield Mayor Ed Malloy is set for 6:15 p.m.
Live music will play throughout the evening, and will include Barefoot Becky from Mount Vernon, with traditional German music.
Other Oktoberfest art walk events will include the dachshund “wiener dog” races; polka dancing; German costumes, games and folk songs; horse-drawn carriage rides; BUG-toberfest, which is an exhibit of vintage and current model Volkswagen cars in the 100 block of North Court Street; a daddy-daughter cheer; the second annual German chocolate cake contest; and “bier” and wine tasting beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Iowa State Bank.
The winner of the music video contest will be announced. Bands and musical groups have been donating performances at summer art walks events to be entered into a lottery to win a free $10,000 music video created by Hawthorne Direct, a long-time supporter of art walk.
“Hawthorne Direct is happy to support regional talent and art walk in a creative and unique way,” said Tim Hawthorne, Hawthorne Direct founder/CEO and vice president of the Fairfield 1st Fridays Art Walk Board of Directors.
“This opportunity benefits both groups: art walk is able to keep expenses at a minimum and artists have an excellent chance at winning a professionally produced music video,” he continued. “Hawthorne Direct, the nationally known TV ad agency with studios in Fairfield and LA, has all the equipment and talent to create a music video that would normally cost musicians at least $10,000 to create. This is an opportunity for musicians to receive something back just for donating their time to perform at an art walk.”
The art walk also will include its Kids Korner with fun games and activities for children in Central Park. Businesses and local art galleries will be open with artwork on display, and vendors, including those selling food, will be on the square.
The Northside Strippers Quilt Club will have its quilt show, with more than 200 quilts, from 1-9 p.m. Friday in the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center. The quilt show will continue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission to the quilt show is $5. Shoppers can purchase pillows, purses and pot holders and other quilted items, fabric, quilting magazines and other quilt-related items.
Tickets will be sold for a chance to win the Donation Quilt, proceeds of which, after expenses, will be donated to Camp Courageous and Maasdam Barn Museum.
For more information, contact CR Quilts at 469-4534 or the Northside Strippers Quilt Guild president Judi Herzog at 472-6240.
Other textile arts also will be exhibited around town during Oktoberfest.
Iowa State Bank is the event sponsor for the Fairfield 1st Fridays Art Walk Oktoberfest and U.S. Cellular is the media sponsor.
For more information on any of the events planned for the Fairfield 1st Fridays Art Walk, an Iowa Tourism Event of the Year and recipient of the Iowa Tourism Office’s Tourism and the Arts award event, contact art walk executive director Cindy Woodbury at 233-8883, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.FairfieldArtWalk.org.