Lowell Octoberfest kicks off its 46th year

“It wouldn’t be Octoberfest without rain.”
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Published: Oct. 1, 2022 at 6:22 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 1, 2022 at 8:48 PM EDT
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LOWELL, OH. (WTAP) -

The Lowell Octoberfest kicked off for its 46th year today. Even in the rain, the two day event’s first day wasn’t dampened.

The signature bratwurst sandwiches and fire roasted rotisserie chickens were being served, booths were set up, and music was playing.

Josh Harris, the chairman of the festival has been on the committee for 12 years.

According to Harris, the best part of the festival is getting to spend time with friends and everyone in the community.

Harris said it wouldn’t be Octoberfest without the rain, and they still have what everyone looks forward to each year.

“They all come to eat, that’s the biggest thing. And the second thing is entertainment, we usually have a good line of entertainment. They got the flea market and everything like that.”

Also enjoying the festival was 94 year old Mildred Schendeman {sh-win-duh-men}

Mildred started the Octoberfest back in 1976. She ran the event until 2019. Due to COVID the festival was cancelled in 2020. Her son started to take over most of the duties to run the event in 2021, according to Mildred’s daughter.

94-year old Mildred Schwendeman started the Lowell Octoberfest in 1976.
94-year old Mildred Schwendeman started the Lowell Octoberfest in 1976.(Alexa Griffey)