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Northwood to celebrate Oct. a little bit early

Published 10:28am Thursday, September 26, 2013

Oktoberfest in September? Yes, Worth County is holding its fourth annual Oktoberfest celebration this Saturday.

The event will be at the Worth County Fairgrounds starting at 1 p.m. It will feature food, fun, beer and music in a family-friendly atmosphere.

Big Ben & the Brians concertina band will perform from 1 to 8 p.m., and the Dog Days Trio will play classic rock from 8 to 10:30 p.m.

Locally made German food will include bratwursts, red cabbage, Bavarian candied almonds and jumbo pretzels. Competitors in a barbecue competition will showcase their work for public tasting from 5 to 7 p.m. for $10.

And for the second year, a local brewed Oktoberfest beer will be for sale, courtesy of Worth Brewing Co. The fest beer has been cold aging for months. It will be malt-centered with a smooth flavor and slight spicy kick, said brewer Peter Ausenhus. Worth Brewing also will have imported German fest, bock and wheat beer, as well as 1919 root beer on tap.

The Northwood Jaycees group will have bounce houses for the children. Proceeds of the event go to Fourth of July fireworks and renovations of the Northwood theater building.

 

Friday

• The fourth annual Celebrating the Arts & Artists event will begin at 5 p.m. at Wedgewood Cove Golf Club. The event is a fundraiser for the Albert Lea Art Center. It features works for sale by painter Barb Butler, a silent auction, wine tasting and other entertainment. Tickets are $20.

• A gospel hour concert will begin at 6 p.m. at Good Samaritan Society’s Hidden Creek Estates. The concert features Chuck Stephens with pianist Sharon Astrup Scott. There is no cost to attend.

 

Saturday

• The Albert Lea Farmers Market will be open from 9 a.m. to noon in the Northbridge Mall parking lot. This will be the market’s new location through fall and into winter.

• Albert Lea’s LakeView Lions club will hold an eyeglass roundup from 9 to 11 a.m. at Mayo Clinic’s east parking lot.

• Oak Knoll Farms, 1650 Hammer Road in Albert Lea, will have a two-day open house from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for people to meet the alpacas. There will be refreshments, and the event is free and open to the public.

• A benefit for Jackie Williamson, an Albert Lea woman battling cancer, will be from 4 to 7 p.m. at Green Lea Golf Course. At 2 p.m. will be a two-man best shot golf tournament. Then at 4 p.m. starts a silent auction, dinner, bake sale and raffle. There will be entertainment by Three Lane.

 

Sunday

• The Albert Lea Leo Carey Post 56 of the American Legion hosts an honor guard breakfast from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Menu includes pancakes, sausage, fruit cup, potatoes, scrambled eggs, and a beverage. Suggested donation is $7, children age 6 and younger eat free.

• Oak Knoll Farms, 1650 Hammer Road in Albert Lea, will host the second day of a two-day open house from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for people to meet the alpacas. There will be refreshments, and the event is free and open to the public.

• A grand opening of the new addition at the Freeborn County Historical Museum will be from 2 to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. There will be tours of the new facility and its exhibits.