The Lincolnville Octoberfest celebration on Oct. 1 will be the 25th annual event. It began in 1987 under the leadership of Kenny Rindt, manager of Tiemeier’s Store, which was celebrating its centennial.
In the weekly ad run by the store in the Marion County Record the prior week, the event was billed as an Octoberfest Sidewalk Craft and Bake Sale. About 20 booths lined the Main Street in front of the store. The event included children’s games and prize drawings.
The only notice afterward about the event in the newspaper was in the weekly column written by country correspondent Marj Nienstadt. Its popularity grew in following years as various forms of entertainment and other attractions were added to the occasion.
Tiemeier’s Store closed in 1998, and the annual celebration was turned over to the city. The event was moved to Lincolnville City Park, but little else has changed.
See details of this year’s event in an ad elsewhere in this newspaper.