The sounds of polka and the aroma of German beer filled the air Saturday for Prescott’s Oktoberfest at Mile High Middle School.
Rachel Duncan and Laura Drost said they were enjoying themselves while they relaxed, drank their second glass and listened to some tunes. It was their first time coming to Oktoberfest, Duncan said.
“This is our first year,” she said, mentioning it was “just something different to do.”
Mary and John Paladini also said they were enjoying themselves, with Mary remarking it was a beautiful day. John agreed, saying the weather had been the best part so far. The two were also on their second beer with a Pumpkin Ale from Hensley.
Prescott Brewing Company had five different beers on tap, said owner John Nielsen, mentioning they were a Strawberry Wheat, the Java-Nator Dopplebock, the Oktoberfest, the Citra Pale Ale and a firkin of Willow Wheat with lemon juice and lemon zest.
“It’s like a shandy,” Nielsen said, stating that at that point, Oktoberfest was the most popular out of all five, but also knew that the event would pick up in the afternoon. “It’s pretty mellow right now.”
Even early in the event, Event organizer Steve Gottlieb said Oktoberfest was going well, calling it a beautiful beer festival.
The pint glasses he ordered from Discount Mugs made it just in time too, Gottlieb said. They had gotten laid up in Houston for five days waiting out a flooded yard, he said.
“They got out of flooded-out Miami and they ended up sitting in Houston,” Gottlieb said. “They took it from one flood zone to another. They got here (Friday) at 9 p.m.”
Gottlieb said he expected to have between 1,200 and 1,500 people, mentioning that about 650 presale tickets were sold. The expectation was to have more people after around 2 p.m., after the Prescott Vette Sette car show ended.