Centre Market Set To Host Oktoberfest

By CASEY JUNKINS

Staff Writer

Brews, brats and bands await those heading to Wheeling’s first-ever Oktoberfest event, set for noon to 11 p.m. Sept. 30 at Wheeling’s Centre Market.

With the goal of raising funds for United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley, city officials organized the event, which will feature many German-themed foods, beverages and activities. There is no cost for general admission, but those who wish to consume alcohol will need to purchase a wristband for $2.

“It should generate a lot of foot traffic,” Janet Richardson, owner of Valley Cheese at Centre Market, said of the event. “I think it will be a lot of fun.”

For $10, attendees can receive a drink wristband and commemorative Oktoberfest stein for use at the event. Wine also will be available for purchase by the glass.

Several booths along Market Street will serve local and imported beverages. In addition to Valley Cheese, scheduled food vendors include Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack, The Cheese Melt, Baby Boy’s Ribs, The Soup Shack, Wheeling Brewing Co., Vagabond Kitchen, Ideal Provisions, Osaka Express and Mmm…Popcorn.

Desserts will be available inside the market house from Oliver’s Pies, Centre Market Bakery and Wood ‘N’ Stitches.

Live music is scheduled as follows:

– noon to 1 p.m., The Cherry Trio;

– 1:30-3 p.m., MSM;

– 3:30-5 p.m., Tady Bears;

– 5:30-7 p.m., The Tim Ullom Band;

– 7:30 – 9 p.m., Billy the Kid & The Regulators; and

– 9:30 – 11 p.m., The Joseph Sisters.

In addition to the city and the United Way, sponsors include the Bordas & Bordas law firm, Main Street Bank, Ohio Valley Medical Center and East Ohio Regional Hospital.

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