Herald Staff Report
The scene has shifted, but the San Juan Citizens' Alliance sixth annual Oktoberfest should be no less festive than previous incarnations, which evoke memories of its namesake that has taken place in a German meadow every year since 1810.
After five years on Main Avenue, Oktoberfest moves to East Second Avenue between Seventh and Eighth Streets on Saturday and Sunday. Standard fare includes brats from Sunnyside Farms and beer - all four local breweries will be on hand - along with full days of a wide range of live music. Scheduled performers include Bavarian sounds by Alte Kamaraden and the Alpiners, as well as a mix of rock from A-Dub Rock Band, Black Market Electric, Euforquestra, Casper and the Mighty 602 and Warsaw. After the main stage goes silent at 6 p.m. Saturday, the entertainment will continue Saturday night with a four-venue pub crawl.
Since the SJCA first took the reins of Oktoberfest in 2002, the event has been a showcase of sustainability. Organizer Carol Clark said attendees are encouraged to forego their cars and use public transportation or ride bicycles, and almost all the refuse from the two-day event is recycled or composted with "leave no trace" principles guiding the way.
"We must continue to spread the word about keeping our environment healthy and clean," Clark said in a news release.
"Each year we try to find new and better ways to make sure the festival is having as low of an impact on our environment as possible and sending a positive message to everyone."