October’s still a few days away but several Iowa communities are holding Octoberfest celebrations this weekend. Dan Moellers is organizing Marshalltown’s 11th annual “Oktemberfest,” which starts this (Saturday) morning at 7 o’clock with a pancake breakfast and a parade at 10 A.M. that’ll run about two hours. After the parade, there’s entertainment on the square from big wheel races and gymnastics to carnival rides and adult entertainment. Vendors will be offering traditional German foods like bratwurst and sour kraut to more fair-oriented foods. Moellers says there’s also a soccer tournament underway this weekend in addition to a go-kart racing competition all day Sunday.For more information, call 800-697-3155 or surf to “www.oktemberfest.com”. Also this weekend, Davenport is holding its Oktoberfest while Guttenberg offers its annual German Fest Celebration, and next weekend, Ottumwa and the Amanas roll out their own barrels of Oktoberfests.
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