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4th Warren Oktoberfest biggest one yet, officials say

4th Warren Oktoberfest biggest one yet, officials say

Johnathan Cambouris and Korey Gall of the Sour Grapes team straining their bags to see how much juice their team squeezed. Photo by Beth Shiller

WARREN — The fourth annual Oktoberfest in the Square was the biggest one yet.

The Trumbull County Historical Society put on the family-friendly fundraiser full of all-you-can eat traditional German food, local craft beer and music provided by the Youngstown Saxon Club Brass Band.

“Last year, we raised nearly $17,000 and this year we’re expecting it to be bigger,” said Meghan Reed, executive director of the Trumbull County Historical Society. “We have doubled the space and added another tent.”

Trumbull County Commissioner Frank Fuda agreed, saying he believes there were more people than ever attended the event.

“This is the biggest crowd I’ve seen, it’s always a great group,” Fuda said, adding that his favorite part of the event is the food, “more specifically the hot sausage with sauerkraut and, of course, the pastries.”

New this year were the pony ride station and photo booth. Bleachers were set up to add more seating around the band and seven craft breweries.

“It really is a team effort; every year we try to have something new,” said Julie Green of the Trumbull County commissioners office. “We have a lot of local support.”

Every year, the fest gets competitive with the grape-stomping competition and the blowing of the alp horn competition.

“There’s a reason we do this,” Oktoberfest committee member Adam Keck said. “It goes back many centuries ago when we didn’t have fancy technology to make these drinks. As far back as the third century A.D., we celebrate the harvest and the community and stomp grapes to ferment and make wine.”

The grape-stomping event was a huge success, and the juice will be fermenting to become wine for next year’s event.

Janet Schweitzer, a Trumbull County Historical Society board member, comes every year and this year, she brought her brother and sister-in-law, adding they were really impressed with the event.

“It’s great, it was lots of fun and lots of good food,” Barbara Tetrick said.

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