Oktoberfest brings a crowd to Newberry

By Andrew Wigger - awigger@newberryobserver.com
The City of Newberry Police Department booth at Oktoberfest. - Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer
The Newberry Fire Department booth at Oktoberfest. - Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer
Mary Alex Kopp, Tourism and Events Manager at City of Newberry, poses with Pastor James Henricks. - Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer
Members of the Newberry County Literacy Council were out promoting literacy during Oktoberfest. Pictured, Joe MacDonald Barbara Chapman, Sheila Brown. - - Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer
The Dominion Energy table at Oktoberfest had plenty of goodies during Oktoberfest. - - Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer
Mac Page (left) performs with Munson Summer (right) outside of Munson Music. - - Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer
There were plenty of plants for sale from the Master Gardeners Association of Newberry. - - Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer
Samsung made balloon animals during Oktoberfest. - - Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer
The Blended Bakery trolley gathers a crowd. - - Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer
The Haute Dog Lady squeezes some lemonade. - - Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer
Papa’s Brats provided much needed Brats during Oktoberfest. - - Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer
BRYTLY’s guitarist rocking out. - - Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer
Codi Lester, also known as BRYTLY, performing. - - Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer
In promotion of Rock the Ritz, festival goers were given the chance to play Rock Band. - - Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer
Columbia Marionettes walked downtown during Oktoberfest. - - Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

NEWBERRY — Newberry Oktoberfest had record numbers this year, with an estimated 30,000 people attending this year’s festival. Visitors from all over the world came to Newberry on Saturday, from Seattle, Washington and Germany.

“Thank you to all who came out to join us and enjoy Newberry Oktoberfest this past weekend. You helped us reach a new record of 30,000 people to visit downtown Newberry in a single day for the event,” said Mary Alex Kopp, Tourism and Events manager at the City of Newberry.

During the course of the day, individuals visited not only from Washington state and Germany, but Netherlands and Denmark and Hawaii as well.

In order to determine the crowd size this weekend, Kopp said they utilized Jacob’s Method. Jacobs method involves dividing the area occupied by a crowd into sections, determining an average number of people in each section, and multiplying by the number of sections occupied.

Kopp said the City was very pleased with how the festival went this year, from the way the vendors performed to Kindertown, which she said was probably the most successful it has ever been. She also said their music stage ran smoother than ever this year.

“As always, we would love to have more volunteers, we really need volunteers to be successful. We had a nice number, all told, not including the Newberry College wrestling team that came that morning, we had 40 throughout the day. Closer to 80 with the Newberry College wresting team, they do a lot for us setting up wise,” Kopp.

Overall, Kopp said they are very pleased with Oktoberfest 2018.

The City of Newberry Police Department booth at Oktoberfest.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_DSC_0432.jpgThe City of Newberry Police Department booth at Oktoberfest. Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

The Newberry Fire Department booth at Oktoberfest.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_DSC_0431.jpgThe Newberry Fire Department booth at Oktoberfest. Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

Mary Alex Kopp, Tourism and Events Manager at City of Newberry, poses with Pastor James Henricks.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_DSC_0430.jpgMary Alex Kopp, Tourism and Events Manager at City of Newberry, poses with Pastor James Henricks. Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

Members of the Newberry County Literacy Council were out promoting literacy during Oktoberfest. Pictured, Joe MacDonald Barbara Chapman, Sheila Brown.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_DSC_0428.jpgMembers of the Newberry County Literacy Council were out promoting literacy during Oktoberfest. Pictured, Joe MacDonald Barbara Chapman, Sheila Brown. Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

The Dominion Energy table at Oktoberfest had plenty of goodies during Oktoberfest.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_DSC_0427.jpgThe Dominion Energy table at Oktoberfest had plenty of goodies during Oktoberfest. Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

Mac Page (left) performs with Munson Summer (right) outside of Munson Music.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_DSC_0426.jpgMac Page (left) performs with Munson Summer (right) outside of Munson Music. Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

There were plenty of plants for sale from the Master Gardeners Association of Newberry.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_DSC_0420.jpgThere were plenty of plants for sale from the Master Gardeners Association of Newberry. Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

Samsung made balloon animals during Oktoberfest.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_DSC_0418.jpgSamsung made balloon animals during Oktoberfest. Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

The Blended Bakery trolley gathers a crowd.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_DSC_0414.jpgThe Blended Bakery trolley gathers a crowd. Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

The Haute Dog Lady squeezes some lemonade.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_DSC_0413.jpgThe Haute Dog Lady squeezes some lemonade. Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

Papa’s Brats provided much needed Brats during Oktoberfest.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_DSC_0410.jpgPapa’s Brats provided much needed Brats during Oktoberfest. Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

BRYTLY’s guitarist rocking out.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_DSC_0405.jpgBRYTLY’s guitarist rocking out. Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

Codi Lester, also known as BRYTLY, performing.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_DSC_0403.jpgCodi Lester, also known as BRYTLY, performing. Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

In promotion of Rock the Ritz, festival goers were given the chance to play Rock Band.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_DSC_0402.jpgIn promotion of Rock the Ritz, festival goers were given the chance to play Rock Band. Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

Columbia Marionettes walked downtown during Oktoberfest.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_DSC_0397.jpgColumbia Marionettes walked downtown during Oktoberfest. Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

A pair of puppets from the Columbia Marionettes “Make Me a Star.”
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_DSC_0396.jpgA pair of puppets from the Columbia Marionettes “Make Me a Star.” Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

Komatsu’s Big Loader Tractor on full display.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_DSC_0391.jpgKomatsu’s Big Loader Tractor on full display. Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

The Relay for Life Champions team was selling merchandise for a good cause.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_DSC_0389.jpgThe Relay for Life Champions team was selling merchandise for a good cause. Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

Children interact with the pups at the Newberry Humane Society Pet Adoption area.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_DSC_0388.jpgChildren interact with the pups at the Newberry Humane Society Pet Adoption area. Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

A Newberry College student performs on the cello.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_DSC_0386.jpgA Newberry College student performs on the cello. Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

Deborah Hartness gives out popcorn for Rotary Club of Newberry.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_DSC_0384.jpgDeborah Hartness gives out popcorn for Rotary Club of Newberry. Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

Members of the Mid-Carolina Marching Band performing on the street.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_DSC_0382.jpgMembers of the Mid-Carolina Marching Band performing on the street. Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

The Newberry Lions were set up selling brooms during Oktoberfest.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_DSC_0378.jpgThe Newberry Lions were set up selling brooms during Oktoberfest. Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

The inflatables were a hit with children and adults during Oktoberfest.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_DSC_0376.jpgThe inflatables were a hit with children and adults during Oktoberfest. Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

The Lowe’s tent allowed youths in Kindertown to construct.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_DSC_0375.jpgThe Lowe’s tent allowed youths in Kindertown to construct. Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

Christopher Buice, with CMB guitars, shows off his guitars during Oktoberfest.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_DSC_0371.jpgChristopher Buice, with CMB guitars, shows off his guitars during Oktoberfest. Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

Chuck and Courtney Maier, of Newberry, pose as German pirates during Oktoberfest.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_DSC_0370.jpgChuck and Courtney Maier, of Newberry, pose as German pirates during Oktoberfest. Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

Sarah Dougherty and Jason London pose in one of the many photo booths.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_DSC_0368.jpgSarah Dougherty and Jason London pose in one of the many photo booths. Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

Ramona Angelo, of Hopkins, dressed in a colorful German outfit.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_DSC_0362.jpgRamona Angelo, of Hopkins, dressed in a colorful German outfit. Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

All of the contestants from the Best Traditional German Dress Contest.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_DSC_0360.jpgAll of the contestants from the Best Traditional German Dress Contest. Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

Children participating in the Best Traditional German Dress Contest.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_DSC_0354.jpgChildren participating in the Best Traditional German Dress Contest. Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

Stephan and Olesja Koch, of Germany, came prepared for Oktoberfest.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_DSC_0349.jpgStephan and Olesja Koch, of Germany, came prepared for Oktoberfest. Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

Sean Pomeroy, owner of Half Full, was dressed in his German best.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_DSC_0347.jpgSean Pomeroy, owner of Half Full, was dressed in his German best. Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

Children make new crafts at the Newberry Arts Center.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_DSC_0345.jpgChildren make new crafts at the Newberry Arts Center. Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

Laiton Polyak, of Batesburg, gets her face painted in Kindertown.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_DSC_0339.jpgLaiton Polyak, of Batesburg, gets her face painted in Kindertown. Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

In Kindertown children could be the bowling ball to go bowling.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_DSC_0337.jpgIn Kindertown children could be the bowling ball to go bowling. Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

Palmetto Amusements brought along a festive organ for Oktoberfest.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_DSC_0327.jpgPalmetto Amusements brought along a festive organ for Oktoberfest. Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

These youths prepare to climb to the top of the rock wall.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_DSC_0325.jpgThese youths prepare to climb to the top of the rock wall. Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

Families are all smiles as they ride the carousel.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_DSC_0311.jpgFamilies are all smiles as they ride the carousel. Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

Chris and Courtney Sternenberg, of Chapin, came ready to win the Best Traditional German Dress Contest, with Chris wearing a German flag as a cape.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_DSC_0302.jpgChris and Courtney Sternenberg, of Chapin, came ready to win the Best Traditional German Dress Contest, with Chris wearing a German flag as a cape. Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

Bob Willusz plays his accordion during Oktoberfest.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_DSC_0299.jpgBob Willusz plays his accordion during Oktoberfest. Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

Nathaniel Boland, of Newberry, was dressed up for Oktoberfest.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_DSC_0296.jpgNathaniel Boland, of Newberry, was dressed up for Oktoberfest. Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

Zsazga Gilmore, of Columbia, dressed in an outfit originally from Hungary.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_DSC_0295.jpgZsazga Gilmore, of Columbia, dressed in an outfit originally from Hungary. Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

Caroline Smith dressed up like it was the 1980s to promote Rock the Ritz.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_DSC_0294.jpgCaroline Smith dressed up like it was the 1980s to promote Rock the Ritz. Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

Eddie and Cindy Long have their booth ready to go.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_DSC_0292.jpgEddie and Cindy Long have their booth ready to go. Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

Three Dot Polka Band performs Polka music at the beginning of Oktoberfest.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_DSC_0289.jpgThree Dot Polka Band performs Polka music at the beginning of Oktoberfest. Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

Angelika Keil, of Schongau, Germany, dressed in traditional German garb.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_DSC_0287.jpgAngelika Keil, of Schongau, Germany, dressed in traditional German garb. Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

Aaron and Tiffany Myers, of Camden, show off their Oktoberfest spirit.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_DSC_0285.jpgAaron and Tiffany Myers, of Camden, show off their Oktoberfest spirit. Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

A 1935 Ford Four Door Sedan Flatback that was parked in the Car Show portion of Oktoberfest.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_DSC_0284.jpgA 1935 Ford Four Door Sedan Flatback that was parked in the Car Show portion of Oktoberfest. Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

Zoe and Zarek Reid pose with the Wienermobile.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_DSC_0278.jpgZoe and Zarek Reid pose with the Wienermobile. Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

Classic cars from the Midlands S.C. Muscle and Classic Car Group filled the Coca-Cola parking lot. There were a total of 53 cars on display.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_DSC_0277.jpgClassic cars from the Midlands S.C. Muscle and Classic Car Group filled the Coca-Cola parking lot. There were a total of 53 cars on display. Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

By Andrew Wigger

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