First Friday Oktoberfest, hosted by Downtown Bentonville, Inc.
, was held October 1 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Huge crowds attended the family-friendly festival that featured something for everyone.
Earlier in the day, attendees were treated to music by Naturally Brass and the Bentonville High School Choir. A Community Chicken Dance was also held.
When DigitalJournal.com arrived on the scene during the evening session, the brat eating contest was just beginning in the PepsiCo Mug Root Biergarten. Six brave souls participated in a context to see who could eat four brats in the shortest amount of time.
Guests at the Root Biergarten enjoyed watching the contest and being served luscious brats and mugs of root beer.
The brat eating contest was followed by a performance by the Chris Rybak Band
. Chris Rybak, the “Accordion Cowboy,” his wife Edita and guitar-playing friend, James, performed “Rybak's eclectic mix of Cajun, country and Tex-Mex music with the traditional sounds of polka.”
It did not take long for the sounds of polka to get dancers of all ages to their feet.
While touring the rest of the square, the sounds of battle could be heard. Medieval knights were competing in a sword fight (demonstration).
Dozens of vendors had booths at the event including the Bentonville Park and Recreation Department, Girl Scouts, and the Bentonville Public Schools Foundation. There were also a number of activities especially for children including pony rides, inflatable slides, face painting, and a train ride.