Saturday evening me and the family went out to our town's first Oktoberfest downtown.
It was... um... for lack of better words... AWFUL.
This was my first Oktoberfest so I don't know what goes on at them but I have a very good imagination and I have a knack for event planning so I KNOW there should be more to it than one beer tent and COUNTRY WESTERN music.
New instillation at the Plaza.
There were about four food vendors and about four craft vendors there. Yup. That's it.
Hooray for this couple who gave it their all - full of Oktoberfest spunk and enthusiasm- but I think they were working the only beer booth so of course they were dressed up. The booth sold mainstream beer that you can get anywhere. Nothing special.
The flyer advertised a homemade beer and wine contest, keg toss and costume contest but I didn't see any of that going on. It was sooooo bare and boring.
Figuring maybe we got there too early, we left to grab a bite to eat with plans to come back to the fest to see if anything had changed.
The restaurant is right across from the town's courthouse/post office. What's so great about it this building? Well the state line between Texas and Arkansas runs right through the middle of it. Cool, right?
Just a little but of fun southern history for ya.
Below is an old Texarkana tourist postcard featuring said State Line:
We ate at this new restaurant which turned out to be pretty darn mediocre for it's high prices. During our meal River was pretty darn talkative, babbling and squealing at the top of his lungs and you can't just tell a nine month old baby to simply "be quiet" so we scarfed our food down as fast as possible and scampered out of there.
After our meal, we went back to the Oktoberfest and it looked like it was closing down. According to the ads the fest wasn't supposed to be over until midnight. It was only 7:30pm. Yeah, it was that lame.
But I will say this as an event planner on the outside looking in on another event: at least the city tried.
You gotta get started somewhere right?