On Saturday, Oct. 13, history is going to be made in Lockhart, Texas.
That is the day the first-ever Locktoberfest is being held on the town square in downtown Lockhart.
The Locktoberfest will feature a variety of vendor booths offering German food, local crafts, clothing and beer of all kinds brewed by Caracara Brewin Company. There will be outside entertainment, featuring some of the top musicians from Austin including Rennie and The Happy Travelers (oompa band), and the Fantastic Elastic Boudin Band. Other events include hoisting keg, costume contest, brat-eating contest and much more.
“This is the inaugural Locktoberfest, and I can’t wait for it to get here,” said Mike Mann, Locktoberfest creator and owner of the Caracara Brewing Company in Lockhart. “I started thinking about this almost three months ago, and now it’s almost a reality.”
Mann said he originally approached the Lockhart Downtown Association about putting an Oktoberfest-type event together, but there didn’t seem to be a lot of initial enthusiasm. Instead, he plowed forward and got downtown businesses to help support the event financially, then got the city to kick in-kind contributions in order to make the event a reality.
“This has been an idea kicking around this town for years, so it wasn’t an original idea by any means,” Mann said with a laugh. “But it is the first event of its kind in Lockhart, and it’s going to be fun for the whole family and the beer and the bands will be top notch.”
According to Mann, the Locktoberfest will start with bands playing outdoors from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on the town square at Market and Main Streets in downtown Lockhart. At 10 p.m., the event will move inside with more music.
“There will be five of our beers available on the 13th,” said Mann. “We will be selling Locktoberfest, Howdy Hefeweizen, Le Peche (made from Fredericksburg peaches), Lockhart Blonde, On the Square IPA and Plume Creek Porter.
The one-day festival is about bringing the community together, and if any money is made it will be used to help Keep Lockhart Association, an organization designed to help keep Lockhart clean and beautiful.