NEWBERRY — The Oktoberfest will begin on Friday evening, in downtown Newberry, with an authentic German polka band performing at The Flying Pie on Main St. in Newberry.
Wunder Weiner Sauerkraut Boys mit Fraulein, a band of local and formerly local musicians has performed for this celebration of the area’s German heritage for the past six years.
The polka band will start its performance at 7 p.m. at The Flying Pie.
Kaiser Wilhelm Long (Bill Long) is the leader and tubist for the group. He is joined by Ludwig McGinnis (Barry McGinnis), Johannes Wagner (John Wagner) and Brunnhilde von Troglauer (April Ballard Troglauer) on clarinet, Helmut Vallo (Victor Vallo) on trumpet, Otto von Herring (Matt Herring) and Wolfgang DeSpain (Travis DeSpain) on trombone and special guest artist, Karl Wilusz (Bob Wilusz) on accordion.
The band will follow up the evening show with a second performance on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on the main stage in the courtyard, on the lawn of the Newberry Opera House and will feature the bands’ new accordionist, Adolph Schultz (Andrew Schultz).
Be sure to bring your lawn chairs (although you may not spend much time in them) to enjoy this lively performance of various schottisches, polkas, and waltzes.
There is also rumor that Kaiser Long may feature the ever-popular Chicken Dance so everyone will get a chance to really shake their tail-feathers.