Vendors, rides ready to go at Galion Oktoberfest

GALION — This community’s Oktoberfest celebration is just a few hours from it’s official start time, but already this morning food vendors are ready to start cooking and selling.

Just within a block of the Galion Inquirer office, 129 Harding Way East, there are fresh scallops, elk kabobs and buffalo burgers for sale. Across the street is a trailer that is already in the process of getting their red beans and race ready for festival-goers.

There also are fries, lemonade, sausage sandwiches and more for sale.

If you’re looking for a little something different for a late lunch or an afternoon snack, or dinner, or n evening snack … or all of the above, now you know where to go.

Local vendors are in the process of putting their own merchandise out front to capture the attention of visitors.

After City of Galion crews worked in the rain a good portion of Tuesday to get electric lines, the vendors and amusement rides owners started their invasion of the uptowne Galion area. Those rides are pretty much ready to go.

The area around the square is packed with carnival rides.

Both sides of the street from Union to the Municipal Building are lined with trailers and displays by local merchants.

Now, if only the rain holds off.

According to the National Weather Service, there is a 50 percent chance of showers today, a little better chance Friday, but back to about a 50 percent chance Saturday.

Today’s entertainment starts at 7 p.m. on the main stage with the John Kennedy Orchestra. The Semer Brothers Band will perform at 6:30 p.m. on Stage 2. Live music will begin at 5:15 p.m. on the Christian Gospel Stage.

Friday’s entertainment includes Kobalt Kreek at 6:30 p.m., followed by Jessica Hannan at 8:30 p.m. on the main state. Stage 2 performers include Rough Country at 6:30 p.m., followed by Crazy Gringos at 8:30 p.m. Live music will begin at 5 p.m. on the Christian Gospel Stage.

Even more music is scheduled Saturday, starting at with Standard Time at 1 p.m., Dick Macket and the John Vermeulen Octet at 3 p.m., Erik Gimbel Orchestra at 5 p.m. and Trust at 8:30 p.m. all on the Main Stage. Boot Leg City will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Stage 2, followed by Electric Circus at 8:30 p.m. Live music will begin at 1 p.m. on the Christian Gospel Stage.

So, if you’ve got a little time and a big appetite for food, fun and music, uptowne Galion is not far away.

By Russ Kent