By Jeff Noble / Staff Writer
There’s a crisp feeling in the air these days, and the leaves falling around downtown Corbin lately could only mean one thing — Octoberfest time is near.
This year’s festivities are coming up this Monday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. with Nibroc Park again the site for a day of children’s activities, music, good eating and what Corbin’s Main Street Director Andy Salmons calls an event that’s “got a life of it’s own.”
“It’s one of our older events downtown, and we’ve had it for at least 14 years. Last year, we had over 1,400 persons come to Octoberfest. It’s so popular because it’s so local. The school kids are off that day, it’s during the time of year when the weather’s more pleasant, and there’s a relaxed, leisurely pace in the area,” Salmons said.
Salmons gave credit to two people who he said were synonymous with Octoberfest, downtown merchant Maxine Vongruenigen and the late Lorene Hodge, who for more than 50 years was a fixture with what’s now the Southern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.
“They made it laid-back, causal, family-friendly and a lot of fun. It’s almost like a throwback to the 1940s and 50s when people came downtown to enjoy the day with their friends and their families,” he added.
Several children’s events will take place in Nibroc Park Monday. A cake decorating competition starts at 3 p.m., with a puppet show at 4 p.m. Also available will be several bounce castles and inflatables for the kids, as well as an area where face painting will be done.
To fill the air with music, acoustic bands will be picking and singing throughout the day, and at 5 p.m. a cornhole tournament will liven up the late afternoon’s activities.
Salmons mentioned the number of food vendors who will be serving at Monday’s event are “more than we’ve ever had.”
This year’s Octoberfest is sponsored by Main Street Corbin, the Main Streets Merchants Association and Baptist Regional Medical Center. According to Salmons, BRMC will be there throughout the entire day.
“They’ll be raising funds for breast cancer prevention, which is part of their ‘Paint the Town Pink’ campaign that will continue throughout October. At 7 p.m. that night, that theme will continue to shine, as Baptist Family Fitness will start their 2-Mile Run/Walk downtown,” he said.