Oktoberfest in Somerset: A German-American Experience with Plenty of Local History

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BY DEB HUTMIRE Tribune editor dhutmire@perrytribune.com Perry County Tribune

Local art, local food, local music and local history will all be featured at the annual Oktoberfest set Saturday, Oct. 6 from noon until 8 p.m. on Pigfoot Square in Somerset.

This event is once again being sponsored by the Historical society of Perry County and the Ohio Arts Council.

All local artists and farm market vendors are invited to set up a display and sell their artwork, crafts and farm goods at the hand-hewn log tavern built in 1808 by Somerset’s town founder, German emigrant, Jacob Miller.

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On the adjacent four corners of Pigfoot Square, which Miller laid out and created as a public square in 1810.

Examples of local artistic talent will be on display by nearly 40 Perry County artists and vendors.

Authentic German-American food, bratwurst, roast pork and kraut and German potato salad will be served under a tent next to the tavern. Also, the sounds of local musicians will be set up.

Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the areas pioneer past by talking with experts who will be demonstrating soap making, woodworking, and spinning.

Visitors will also have a chance to view artifacts discovered at the Babb House museum during this summer’s archaeology project and take a tour of the Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery, and learn about gravestone conservation efforts that are going on there.

The group announced the second annual 5K race will be held and will begin at 3:15 p.m. with the staring point at the Somerset Elementary School.

Those who would like to take part may contact Principal Ed Wolfel at 743-1454.

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