Fall was in the air at the 26th annual Wilson Bank and Trust Oktoberfest in Lebanon on Saturday and Sunday.
The chilly, high-50s temperatures surprised some, but it didn’t hold back the crowd from enjoying the food, fun and festivities.
“It’s still been good … There’s still people out here – they got to eat.” said Davetta Hasty from the Southern Oasis concessions stand, as she served up an Italian sausage smothered in onions.
Food stands served up everything from roasted corn to cotton candy and tacos.
Carolyn Cathey, an employee at Wilson Bank and Trust, helped to operate the entertainment, including a stage where local musicians performed a variety of songs.
“We have lots of food vendors, lots of craft demonstrators,” Cathey said, “We’re just full of activities all throughout the day, and we love doing that for our community.”
Rock climbing walls, carnival games and a mechanical bull were some of the events for children, giving parents a wide variety of activities to keep the children entertained.
“It’s a great fall festival; the kids are having a big time,” said Jimmy Chaffin, of Lebanon. “You know, they have plenty of events for kids of all ages here at Oktoberfest. It’s a great event. Every year I look forward to it.”
Chaffin, who participates in the car show every year, watched as his 2-year-old son, Zach, play in a crowded, inflatable obstacle course.
Arts and crafts were also a big part of the festival, with vendors set up with everything from handcrafted pens to clothing and jewelry.
One of those craftsmen, Tad Crisp, a potter from Dixon Springs, showed off a Match Pig, a ceramic pig used for safely storing matches. Beside him stood a potter’s wheel, caked with what would soon become coffee pots and decorative bowls.
Members of the community returned to the festival Sunday, where the Antique Car Show was featured.