Every year in Newberry, the first week of October is a wonderful blend of beautiful fall weather, Oktoberfest, and interesting visitors.
Who would not love the cool evenings and the pleasant sunny days with beautiful blue skies? This time of year causes many to visit our town. That traffic on our streets is bringing folks to shop.
All of these positives boost the spirits of townspeople. Consider the events, like Oktoberfest - set for Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - and what each means to our local businesses. Many tell us that Oktoberfest is one of their busiest days.
There’s the hustle and bustle of the city employees getting up very early to align the tents along Main Street blocking off the streets and decorating downtown prior to welcoming thousands of visitors into our city just for this one day. Kudos to all the city employees working to make this possible. If you have never attended Newberry Oktoberfest, you owe it to yourself to place Saturday on your “to do” list. You will not believe the music, German food, Liver Nips contest (here at the chamber), and fantastic crafted items for sale. There will also be fun things for your children as well. Come help celebrate our German heritage.
This week at the Visitors Center we had many interesting visitors.
Three sisters, one living in Texas and the other two from Oklahoma, came in search of the grave of their great-great-grandfather, who came to Newberry County as early as the 1750s. His last name was Reeder. It was truly a pleasure talking to these ladies regarding their heritage.
We also had some very interesting folks from all corners of South Carolina. We consider it a privilege to encourage visitors to take time and get to know just what we have to offer. Again, if you have not toured our Opera House or Carter and Holmes Orchids nursery, you are depriving yourself of a genuine pleasurable experience. Our visitors rave about the treasures we have in Newberry. So should you.
And you must not forget that on Oct. 8, starting at noon we will host our 20th Annual Golf Tournament at the Country Club of Newberry. Even if you are not interested in golf, please call the chamber at 276-4274 and allow Liz, Michelle, or me to tell you how you can enjoy our steak dinner with the golfers after the tournament.
Like I stated earlier, we are busy in Newberry. You should join us.