October has arrived, which means one thing for German-Americans it's time for Oktoberfest.
The Great Plains Coliseum is hosting this year's annual German celebration Friday and Saturday. With plenty of schnitzel, sauerkraut, polish sausage and other themed foods, there promises to be something for everyone to eat. Students from the Great Plains Technology Center are working tirelessly throughout the week making final preparations to ensure the food is ready to be served Friday evening and Saturday.
"We've changed the way we serve our food around this year," said Ellen Fisher, catering manager for this year's festival. "Instead of having the serving area in the back of the coliseum, we've got our own serving kitchen over here on the side."
Fisher hopes the move will solve two problems stemming from last year's festival. Patrons balked at having to pay for the $3 admission fee, only to pay additional money for an order to go. She said the other major complaint parents had was the lack of things for their children to do. That's been remedied this year.
"Where we had the preparation area last year is now going to be a large kids' playing area," she said. "We're going to have two inflatable bouncers and an inflatable obstacle course with other games. There's going to be a lot of things for the kids to do here so they're not bored like they were last year."