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Posted: Saturday, September 15th 2012 at 8:28pm

Oktoberfest 2012 gets under way in Helen

By Rob Moore Editor
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Polka dancing is a popular activity during Oktoberfest in Helen. (Photo/Rob Moore)
HELEN – Thousands filled the streets of Helen on Saturday for the official kickoff of Oktoberfest 2012.

Saturday’s activities began with a parade at noon, led by new Helen Police Chief Jim Couch and a color guard from American Legion Post 127 of Buford.

In addition to city officials, parade entrants include Saturday’s Festhalle entertainers, Lorelei and Schatzi and The Chardon Polka Band; members of the Faschingsverein Helen; the White County Warrior Band; and several local businesses.

The Classic Glass Corvette Club of Marietta and Scenic City Volks Folks of Chattanooga each provided numerous specialty vehicles for the parade. The Volkswagens left the VW plant in Tennessee on their annual Bavarian Run to Helen.

At 1:30 p.m., the first official keg of Oktoberfest was tapped in the Biergarten at the Festhalle.

Oktoberfest will take Monday through Wednesday, then will resume Sept. 20 and continue through Oct. 28. Hours are 6-10:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, 1 p.m. to midnight Saturday, and 1-7 p.m. Sunday.

In addition to The Chardon Polka Band and Lorelai and Schatzi, who are performing through Sept. 16, upcoming musicians who will perform at various times during the event include: Terry Cavannaugh and Alpine Express, Brent and Crista Buswell, Jim Horzen, Eurofest, Roland Kurz, Dan Witucki and Heimatland Musikanten, Alpen Musikanten, and The Alex Meixner Band.

More information about Oktoberfest is available at www.helenchamber.com.
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