ROCHELLE — Grab your Dirndl dresses and Lederhose — Oktoberfest is coming to Rochelle.
Although the traditional garb is not required, everyone is invited to the first ever Oktoberfest held at the Hub City Senior Center on Sat., Oct. 7.
Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m., consisting of bratwurst with sauerkraut, German potato salad, baked beans, German chocolate cake, coffee, punch, and water.
The community event is sponsored by the Hub City Senior Center and the Flagg-Rochelle Public Library and will also feature music entertainment by the Mike Schneider Polka Band.
“We are planning to have a mini polka dancing lesson early on at the event,” said Connie Dougherty, Hub City Senior Center executive director. “We will be clearing the table to make a nice dance floor for those who want to polka.”
Tickets are available at a cost of $6 at the senior center and at the library, or by calling the center to reserve tickets.
“There is no charge to come for the music only, but we ask those coming for only the music should not plan to arrive until 6:30,” Dougherty added.
Flagg-Rochelle library director Sarah Flanagan said the library staff came with the idea to provide the activity “beyond our walls,” working as a community partner.
“This is our First Annual Oktoberfest,” Flanagan said. “I want to invite the entire community to enjoy a night of authentic polka music.”
The Hub City Senior Center is also providing free transportation upon request.
For more information, to reserve tickets, or request transportation, please call the center at 815-562-5050.
“This is a community event, open to people of all ages,” Dougherty said. “This is going to be so much fun — we are hoping to make this an annual event.”