OOM-PAH: Oktoberfest brings crowd to downtown Florence for music, beer, food, wiener races

October 14, 2018 GMT

FLORENCE, S.C. – Beer glasses were filled, polka music was playing and wiener dogs were racing as hundreds of people celebrated the sixth annual Downtown Florence Oktoberfest on Saturday night.

The event, which began at 6 p.m. on the 100 block of South Dargan Street, featured games, live music and German food from many different vendors, as well as plenty of beer and wine.

Attendees were treated to the live musical stylings of Port City Shakedown, a band from Wilmington, North Carolina, as well as traditional Oktoberfest tunes like polka and oom-pah music.

Beginning at 7:30 p.m., people packed around a race track set up for the annual “Running of the Wieners.” Following that, two more races were held: Beer Stein Races and Beer Barrel Races.

Devin Singletary was at the event with her sister Naomi and her friend Tierra. Singletary said the friends look forward to the wiener dog races each year.

“They’re so much fun,” Singletary said. “We enjoy just coming out and seeing them race. We’ve done it for the past two years, I think. A lot of people just having a fun time.”

This year’s beers on tap included Angry Orchard Cider, Sam Adams Octoberfest, Southern Barrel O’fest, Foothills O’fest, Highlands Clawhammer, Weistenphaner Fest Bier, People’s Porter, Highlands Pilsner, New Belgium Atomic Pumpkin, Southern Tier Pumpkin, Bud Light and Michelob Ultra.

The profits from the event will be donated to the Florence Police Benevolence Fund to help the officers and their families who were involved in the Oct. 3 shooting that left Sgt. Terrence Carraway dead and six other law enforcement officers wounded.

Oktoberfest is a presentation of the Florence Downtown Development Corporation, AECOM and S.C. Federal Credit Union.