“Welcome to the new and bigger Beaver Oktoberfest!” exclaimed Oktoberfest organizer Steve Adams during the festival’s opening ceremony on Thursday, October 5, to the applause of a large crowd gathered under the main stage tent.
During the opening ceremony, which followed an opening parade, a new addition to the festival’s schedule, the Eastern High School band and chorus performed, the Oktoberfest grand marshals were introduced, and the queen and court were crowned.
So, here we are. We’ve just pulled into the town of Beaver, Ohio. It was a very short ride from Waverly, about 15 minutes. Found the same area we parked last year, and started the walk to the center of town.
But, before I dive into the Festival, I wanted to give a brief history account of Beaver, Ohio.
Beaver was named for the Beaver animals which made their home in the nearby creeks. Beaver was a village with hotels, saloons, livery stables, a school, post office, doctors, dentists, shoemakers and a blacksmith. All of this existed by 1900 when the village was incorporated with village officials. At first the town was named Reynoldsville for a founding family. Later Beavertown was adopted but later the ‘town’ was dropped from the name. Even the railroad which became the D.T. & I. named their depot Beavertown. The line became in use from Jackson to Waverly in 1978.
The railroad was first named the Springfield, Jackson and Pomeroy. Pomeroy was never reached, but Wellston was for the coal mines and iron furnace and foundry.
Passenger trains ran until May 8, 1954 and freight was hauled until 1978 when the tracks were removed to Givens. At one time a two-story hotel sat across the tracks from the railroad depot just south of town near Keppler’s lumber and building supply company.
Here is a photo of the first railroad depot, which sat near the state Route 335 crossing south of town. The late Mabel Adams donated this old photo to the Society, dated about 1910.
Now you know Beaver…
I personally love country festivals. However, there have been a few that, well, you wouldn’t write home about. So now I’m on a mission…The Boomer Trek started day trip adventures to some fantastic festivals that were certainly worth writing home about!
Hence, the Beaver Octoberfest 2017!
This was our 2nd year attending what I expected to be a “blink and it’s over” festival. I was wrong! Our objective last year was to see the touring Tribute Band, The Eagles. What a concert! It was as if the original Eagles were right in front of me on the stage. I love the Eagles, and it seemed the entire tent was whooping and hollering all night long!
So we all decided that we would attend the 2017 Octoberfest for the concert, but this year, would arrive earlier to see the array of crafts and holiday décor throughout the streets.
There were two major concerts, Friday and Saturday evenings. Friday hosted the touring tribute band Journey which we missed. I understand it was a fabulous concert. We attended Saturday night’s concert featuring The Guess Who.
The lights dimmed, and a familiar chord resonates and strikes everyone’s attention. And as we all remember from the 1960’s, the group focuses on a solo strand or a remarkable moment of improvisation. Then its history, my friends!
I definitely have my song favorites, which they played almost everyone to my delight. My favorite was “These Eyes,” “No Time,” “Laughing,” and “No Sugar Tonight.” It really felt like I was revisiting my college in Vermont yelling till I couldn’t hear myself talking!
With this concert being one fantastic highlight of my life since recently moving to Ohio, I am wondering how they are going to top this concert next year! I’m sure the details are hush, hush, but with this track record, I’m sure it will be another unforgettable Festival!
The Boomer Trek is on the road again!
Join the dialogue and let us know your Festival experiences. I’m up for many more festivals…it’s all in a day’s work!
As always, I am…the ramblin’, Boomer Explorer.