Remsen, IA Hosts Oktoberfest Celebration


SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – Celebrating the end of the harvest season and a deep German culture, the residents of Remsen turned out this weekend for their annual autumn festival.

It’s an event that began in the early 70s and has continued to be the center of Remsen’s fall traditions every year.

After nearly 50 years of organizing the celebration, organizers say it’s all about volunteers.

“As far as community support goes, all of that just rules out volunteer help, everyone here is just volunteers. Community support in terms of people coming in, I mean depending on the year, it’s usually around 1200-1500 people that we serve,” said Michael Matgen, Co-Chair of Oktoberfest Entertainment.

From the music and dancing to all the preparations needed to make the festival happen, one of the biggest draws is the food.

“Probably prep work, because I can eat. I just got done helping cook kids and we’re still doing that and bringing them here, but there’s nothing wrong with eating and drinking before the party,” Matgen said.

The celebration continued into Saturday evening and ended with a few hours of Polka music.

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