Uptown Jackson Oktoberfest celebrates German heritage, Autumn

JACKSON, Mo. (KBSI) – Very few events capture German heritage and ring in Autumn and harvest season quite like Uptown Jackson Oktoberfest. 

“The authentic German food is fun, the great beer, it’s just a great time celebrating German heritage and Fall,” organizer Janna Clifton said.

There is something for everyone at Oktoberfest. 

“The kid friendly activities are great, the live music, everyone loves the German band. It’s just great to see them dress up, play this awesome music,” Clifton said. “It’s just a good time, and having the beautiful day, enjoying the outdoors, and most of all, coming to uptown Jackson. We love to celebrate the history in uptown Jackson and everyone here.” 

Traci Hency attended Oktoberfest for the first time on Saturday.

“It’s very fun. I like all the people who can dress up in the German outfits, and the food smells really good, and I know it tastes amazing, too,” she said.

Whether it’s the outfits, the food, the beer, the socializing, or the cornhole tournament, there was no shortage of anything that could be associated with a good time. 

Tiffany Davis, a 2010 graduate of Jackson High School, has attended all nine Oktoberfests. 

She said this event just continues to grow because of the people who embrace what the festival, and Jackson itself, are all about. 

“I don’t remember a whole lot of things like this going on when I was in high school, but the town has just grown so much and there are so many people that just love to support it and come out,” she said. “It just gets bigger every year, and it’s the whole town of Jackson. It’s really neat.” 

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