One day we were wearing shorts and sandals and the next jeans, coats and even boots. But this is Iowa, so hang on, next week we might be back to shorts and sandals. However, don’t hold your breath — it is October, so I think fall might be here to stay.
This past weekend the Chamber of Commerce celebrated the last of its summer festivals. It was our newest festival that started about three years ago, because we saw a need for a fall festival that would provide a variety of music for our community to enjoy. So after several committee meetings and talking to several community members we ventured out to begin “Adel’s Oktoberfest.”
This festival offered polka music and a German theme with local food vendors providing some great German food. So this year on Sept. 22, our committee — organized by Peg Chapman — set up the Oktoberfest with the help of seven of her committee members. At 3:45 p.m., Mayor Jim Peters had the celebratory honor of tapping the first keg followed by Bob Malek and the Fisherman band playing polkas and waltzes for all to enjoy, whether it was listening or dancing.
For those who were not dancing there was plenty of food and drink — German goulash, sauerkraut, pretzels and even pork loin sandwiches along with several kinds of beers on hand. At 8 p.m., the polka band gave way to the cover band, “Nice Bangs,” that played until about 11 p.m. This band later played more ’80s and ’90s music for the crowd. However, it was rather cold that night, so the crowd was just a little short. It is hard to plan festivals around the weather. Thanks to all who did come, and special thanks to Hal and Al Catering of Adel, Patrick’s and Route 169 Burger Café for being the vendors. It is great to showcase some of Adel’s food establishments.
Holiday Open House
Our next undertaking will be the Holiday Open House on Dec. 7. At this time we are looking for more volunteers to help plan this event. If you are interested, please call the Chamber office at 993-5472. All businesses that would like to be a part of the Open House should be thinking about a recipe, because in the next couple of weeks we will be asking you to email that recipe to the Chamber office. More information later.