September Fall Fest to feature Art in the Park and Oktoberfest


By The Telegram

By The Telegram

Garden City Downtown Vision's Fall Fest featuring Art in the Park and Knights of Columbus Oktoberfest is scheduled for Sept. 17.

Garden City Downtown Vision and event sponsor Chesapeake Energy once again are bringing Art in the Park and the Knights of Columbus Oktoberfest back to Downtown as part of the seventh year of Fall Fest, the Main Street celebration scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 17.

"We are so pleased to be able to bring back the legendary Art in the Park to the day's repertoire of activities," said Beverly Schmitz Glass, Downtown Vision executive director. "The Knights of Columbus' Oktoberfest with their great German food is always a crowd favorite this time of the year, so we are pleased they are once again joining us for Fall Fest 2011."

The Knights will be selling bierocks, sauerbraten, piggies and combo plates on Grant Avenue.

According to Schmitz Glass, Sandhill Arts Association, sponsors of Art in the Park, wanted to return to its fine arts roots and be a showcase for artists. Joining forces with Fall Fest last year seemed a natural fit.

"The time was right for a change as we knew we wanted a fresh look to reflect our new attitude of bringing the fine arts to southwest Kansas," said Cecilia Sherraden, co-chairperson of Art in the Park.

Art in the Park will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Stevens Park on Main Street, with proceeds from the event funding scholarships for area art students.

Cox Communication once again is sponsoring the Entertainment Arena. Beginning at 10 a.m. Sept. 17, the Senior Center Line Dancers will be followed by the Garden City High School Drumline and the GCHS JROTC Drill Team. Kids' gymnastics dance and musical ensembles will round out the day's live entertainment on Main Street.

The Western Motors Nasduck 500 Duck Race also will be back as part of the festivities.

"The Western Motors Nasduck Race continues to gain in popularity as one no longer needs to be present to win," said Bruce Glass, Nasduck Race coordinator. "The Downtown Vision Design Committee, which works with the city on streetscapes and building owners on facades, has reworked the race course to make it more challenging and hopefully more fun for the spectators."

Golden Plains Credit Union is sponsoring the Buck-A-Duck races for children 10 and younger. There will be 12 heats this year, each featuring a miniature duck for $1. Children keep their ducks, and the winner of each heat will receive a $10 bill.

Legacy Auto is the new sponsor of the kids' inflatable obstacle course that will be located west of Stevens Park. Garden City Recreation Commission will be providing tours of the State Theatre on Main Street, Finney County Preservation Alliance is offering a rummage sale on the main floor of the Windsor Hotel, the Dodge City Area Model Trains will be on exhibit above the Stage department store, and Emmaus House will host a car show on the south end of Main Street.

"Every year, the vendor mix is different, and we are hoping to see plants and mums, handcrafted items, and farmers' market produce. It looks to be a great day to spend in Downtown Garden City," Schmitz Glass said.

For more information, contact the Downtown Vision office at 276-0891 or

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