Oktoberfest was hosted in downtown Cole Camp Saturday. After a parade at 12:30 p.m., members of the Cole Camp Maennerchor raised the FestBaum, a German festival wreath, on the corner of Maple Street and Main Street.
Dressed in German attire, Larry Stelling, Cole Camp Chamber of Commerce Oktoberfest co-chair, waits to serve German beer to members of the Maennerchor after they finished raising the FestBaum. The Cole Camp Maennerchor gave a toast and sang a German song, signaling the beginning of Oktoberfest.
Cole Camp’s Oktoberfest supplied fun for young and old alike. Alex Petersen, 2, left, of Sedalia, found some bubbles to play in with his friend, Damien Trent, center, of Smithton. The duo were playing in water and bubbles created by a pump powered by an antique gas engine that was part of a display on Maple Street. Alex was attending the event with his mother Erica Petersen and his sister Anna Petersen, 6.
While Oktoberfest was hosted in downtown Cole Camp Saturday, Prairie Days was being hosted at the Hi Lonesome Prairie west of town. Jean Knoll, a member of the Missouri Master Naturalists, Lake of the Ozarks Chapter, raised the lid on a Dutch oven containing a mixed berry crisp. The group was showing visitors how to use coals with a Dutch oven for outdoor cooking. Free samples, of beans, potato wedges, apple cake and sour dough biscuits were being given to visitors, along with cowboy coffee boiled on an open fire.
David Van Dyne, of Kansas City, uses a 1800s’ style draw knife while sitting on a shaving horse to create an eastern red cedar spoon at Prairie Days on Saturday. Van Dyne is a member of the Missouri Prairie Foundation. Vendor Casey Burks, of south Henry County, and a member of the Osage Plains Chapter of the Missouri Natural Plant Society, watches Van Dyne.
Flint knapper, Kevin Dechant, right of Jefferson City, talks with Greg Ivey, of Camdenton, about making arrowheads and spearheads during the Prairie Days event. “I let the rock determine what it will be,” Dechant said. “Sometimes it’s an arrowhead and sometimes it’s a spearhead.” Dechant is a member of the River Hills Flint Knappers Club, in Jefferson City.
At Cole Camp’s Oktoberfest, Charlie Kavanaugh, of Centerview, stirs kettle corn at Granny’s Old Fashioned Kettle Corn stand Saturday morning. He was being helped by his wife Sharon and friend Floyd Hall, of Warrensburg. Kavanaugh said his kettle corn stand would be in Warsaw this coming weekend for Warsaw Heritage Days.
Photos by Faith Bemiss | Democrat