43rd Harrisburg Septemberfest kicks off Friday

2 years 3 months 23 hours ago September 05, 2014 Sep 5, 2014 Friday, September 05 2014 Friday, September 05, 2014 6:44:00 AM CDT in News
By: Mark Bergin, KOMU 8 Reporter

HARRISBURG - Friday marks the start of the 43rd annual Septemberfest.

Local historian and auctioneer Brent Voorheis said Septemberfest started as a summer centennial celebration for the city of Harrisburg in 1971. Voorheis said Septemberfest now serves as a celebration of the transition from summer to fall.

"It's sort of a homecoming to probably now the third generation of Harrisburg graduates and individuals," Voorheis said. "They come back to Harrisburg and bring their kids to do the things they did when they were children."

The festivities start at 6 p.m. Friday with booths, concessions and a beer garden.

The first Septemberfest 5K run and walk is scheduled for Saturday at 7:15 a.m.

Following the 5K a "Frozen" themed parade is scheduled for 10 a.m.

"One of the big features that I think, because it's all about the kids, is the children's games on Saturday afternoon," Vooerheis said. "Lots of old time games."

Saturday's festivities also include a pork steak dinner from 4-7 p.m., a fireworks display and a dance.

The festival runs through Sunday at the Lions Club Park at Route J and Highway 124.

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