Interest growing for most Octoberfest activities

Now in its 30th year, the Lincolnville Octoberfest isn’t planning to slow down anytime soon, said Mayor Barb Kaiser.

The 25 entries for the Oct. 1 parade were down slightly, but participation in other events was up, she said.

This year’s grand marshals, Barb and husband Lester Kaiser, were selected by the Octoberfest committee.

“We have had other mayors, Kenny Rind—founder of the Lincolnville Octoberfest—and many other community servants as grand marshals,” she said.

The mayor said the event has a tradition of selecting a parade prince and princess for each elementary school class, from kindergar­ten through fourth-grade.

Centre students took part in a coloring contest two weeks before the event. Their projects were evaluated on creativity, coloring skills and neatness. This year, preschool students were added to the mix.

The winners were: Dan­iel Rziha, fourth-grade prince, and Oli­via Carson, prin­cess, fourth-grade princess; Dean Harms, third-grade prince, and Kaydence Lopez Herrara, third-grade princess; Kolton Meyer, second-grade prince, and Kelbie Kidd, second-grade princess; and Noah Brunner, first-grade prince, and Jaycee Stika, first-grade princess.

For the two youngest groups, Evan Klenda was selected kindergarten prince, and Sophie Espinoza, kindergarten princess. Aaron Carlson was selected prince and Anna Meyer princess for the pre­schoolers.

The students were taken on the “Little Apple Express Train,” based in Manhattan. The conductor has been providing rides for the children for about 10 years now, Kaiser said.

“With less than last year’s number of entries in the parade, it was down, which I take responsibility for,” Kaiser said. “I still thought it was pretty good for Lincoln­ville. We are always happy with the turnout of people at the parade and events in the park.”

With so many other things going on that day, Kaiser said she was glad for the good weather.

“It was the best I can ever recall,” she said. “We couldn’t have asked for any better weather.”

Kaiser expressed appreciation for those who donated and supported Lincolnville Octoberfest.

“It really makes our day successful,” she said. “I would like to thank the Octoberfest committee because they are so dedicated to make this the best celebration ever for this small community.”

She extended an invitation to next year’s festival.

“Anyone who hasn’t been to one of our October festivals is invited to come in 2017,” she said. “It’s always the first Saturday in October.”