First day of Oktoberfest Brings out 4,500 People

NORFOLK, NE — In 1865 three scouts were sent from a German Lutheran settlement to find inexpensive farmland, which two years later would be called Norfolk.

With German heritage in the Norfolk area, Oktoberfest was started to honor that tradition and the first settlers.

The second day of Oktoberfest kicked off with the Lions Club parade followed by the Radtour, which is german for bicycle ride.

The 5th annual radtour featured two routes, one that is 12-miles long and one that is 31-miles long. The route starts inside the Oktoberfest gates and travels throughout Norfolk and the Cowboy Trail.

Families came out Saturday to partake in the big wheel races, bounce houses for the kids, German food and music.

Sponsored by Bank First, Oktoberfest has already brought in a larger crowd than last years first day. Jarad Dahlkoetter from the chamber says 4,500 people came out on Friday.

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