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Downtown market celebrates Oktoberfest with German music, food and beer

The Chapin Downtown Farmer’s Market will conclude its inaugural season on Saturday, Oct. 7 with an Oktoberfest flair, including German music, food and beer. The market runs from 9 a.m. to noon in the 100 block of Clark Street in downtown Chapin provides residents and visitors with a healthy and fun shopping alternative with local growers and artisans selling fresh produce, dairy products and meats as well as handmade items like candles, jewelry, soaps and woodcrafts.

Doza Rizen will have its mobile food truck on site, selling brats and other German food, and local craft beer purveyor TapIt! Bottles and Brews will be selling a variety of Germans beers to compliment the German food. As a special treat, the Wunder Wiener Sauerkraut Boys will be performing popular German music including polkas and the fan favorite Chicken Dance Song from 10 am to 12 pm.

Prior to the final market, the Town will be hosting a free community walk, starting from Mt. Horeb Church on East Boundary Street and traveling down Columbia Avenue to Town Hall and back up Beaufort Street to the church. Walkers are invited to stay for the Oktoberfest market, and the first 100 registrants will receive a free sports bottle.  Individuals can register online or beginning at 8 a.m. the morning of the walk. Cynthia Sheppard with CMS Total Fitness will begin the warm-up at 8:20 a.m., and the walk starts at 8:30 a.m.

Sponsored by the Town of Chapin and Farm Bureau Insurance, and in cooperation with a grant from Eat Smart, Move More Lexington County, the downtown market has promoted an active community environment with a combination of local growers and street vendors, health and wellness demonstrations, and live music to encourage community engagement in downtown Chapin.

“The downtown market has really fostered that small town charm and connectedness we know residents crave,” explained Karen Owens, the market manager. “People can come through and visit with neighbors, do a little shopping, enjoy a muffin and coffee while enjoying some live music. It’s a quintessential small town atmosphere that builds community, and just as important, people have fun. We’ve tried a variety of things from our patriotic Fourth of July salute to yoga class with the mayor and even a worm composting demo. We hope to finish the season strong with our own mini-Oktoberfest celebration that includes German music, food and beverages.”

Follow the market’s Facebook page to stay informed of the latest updates and vendor additions.

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