Celebrate the end of summer Port Royal Style

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By Kat Walsh

The original Oktoberfest, held annually in Munich, Germany, since 1810, is the world’s largest beer festival and traveling funfair.

In keeping with Oktoberfest tradition, and not wanting to miss out on the fun, the original OktoPRfest, held annually in Port Royal since 2013, may not have six million in attendance, last 16 days or serve two million gallons of beer as in Munich does, but promises this year will be its biggest celebration yet.

Hosted by the Old Village Association of Port Royal, the 3rd Annual OktoPRfest “Party Port Royal Style,” will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 on Paris Avenue.

“This year, everything will be bigger and better,” said Brooke Buccola, of the Old Village Association of Port Royal.

Entertainment will include Eric Daubert, Larew Dance Center, The Brewer Band, and a special performance by Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers from Louisiana.

New this year will be a kids’ fun zone with a zipline, bounce house, rock wall, trampoline, face painting, Tux the Clown and more.

For those brave and hungry for a challenge, Buccola suggests entering Carolina Tavern’s bratwurst eating contest.

Along with activities for all ages, for those over 21, craft and domestic beer from around the country will be available.

There will also be craft vendors and food from Kona Ice, It’s Only Fair, Palmetto Kettle Corn and Carolina Tavern.

And because a celebration on Paris Street would not be complete without a classic car show, the Beaufort Classic Car and Truck Club will be present with all of their striking vehicles to show off to attendees.

Pets are prohibited. Attendees can bring chairs and while coolers are not prohibited, the festival encourages people to leave the coolers at home and support the food and beverage vendors.

Parking can be found on side streets and up from 14th Street. This will be a rain or shine event. For more information, visit www.oldvillageportroyal.com or contact Buccola at 239-777-0761 or at brooke.buccola@gmail.com.

Top photo: Attendees of OktoPRfest dance in the street at the 2015 event. Photo courtesy of the town of Port Royal & SK Signs & Designs.