This fall, there's no reason to travel Munich or even New Britain for some bratwurst and German beer. Both will be among the Oktoberfest options at the Canton Historical Museum this Friday.
The event features Octoberfest beers from Hooker, Spaten and Leinenkugel and a selection of wine. The Canton Lions Club will sell Bratwurst, sauerkraut and other German food. The event will feature blues rock by Jr. Krauss and the Shakes (6 to 7:30 p.m.) and bluegrass and Americana music by Sweetheart Mountain (8 to 9:30 p.m.)
In addition to offering some Friday night fun in Collinsville, the museum is looking to bolster its efforts for accessibility and other building improvements. First and foremost, the museum board is looking to provide handicapped accessibility and a new entrance from its lower porch. In addition it is hoping to create a visitor's center on the main floor and provide American with Disabilities compliant restrooms. The museum is still getting estimates for the work but is hoping this week's event will help financially and create a new tradition in town.
"We're hoping for a good turnout and to make it an annual event," said Oktoberfest chairwoman Carol Barlow.
For the event, the museum is selling special edition mugs, which are good for admission and one free drink. They can be purchased in advance $12 at the museum and Bahre's Package Store, or by calling 860-306-9310. They can also be purchased for $15 at the door on the night of the event.
Additional tickets for beer and wine will be $3. In addition, food will cost extra and benefit the Lions Club.
The event takes place Friday, Oct. 5, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Rain date is Saturday, Oct. 6. The event is for those age 21 and older.
Oktoberfest is sponsored in part by Bahre’s Package Store, Dentfix Express and Suburban Sanitation Service. All proceeds benefit the Canton Historical Museum Building Fund.