A 'fest'-ful weekend in Perham: Pictures from Oktoberfest and Rib Fest

This past weekend was a busy one for the community of Perham. Along with Homecoming on Friday, Oct. 1, Central Market hosted a Rib Fest that day, and Oktoberfest kicked off on the town's Main Street at 4 p.m., continuing through Saturday.

A fire, surrounded by haybales, flickers in the rainy evening on Perham's Main Street during Oktoberfest on Friday, Oct. 1. (Elizabeth Vierkant/Focus)

Autumn has arrived, and the season was reflected in events that took place in Perham over the weekend.

Along with Homecoming on the evening of Friday, Oct. 1, Central Market hosted a Rib Fest that day, and Oktoberfest kicked off on the town's Main Street at 4 p.m., continuing through the evening and into the next day.

Eloise Anderson takes her turn with the hoop-throwing, attempting to get one around a pumpkin at Perham's Oktoberfest. (Elizabeth Vierkant/Focus)

This first night of Oktoberfest celebrations — despite rainy, chilly air — consisted of face painting, games, crafts and more. Families lined the sidewalks and streets to participate in games, and sat on hay bales around a comfy and warm fire pit downtown.


The Walz family sits on some haybales surrounding a fire at Perham's Oktoberfest, relaxing during the rainy evening of Friday, Oct. 1. (Elizabeth Vierkant/Focus)

There were also hay wagon rides available for anyone interested. These wagons, pulled by a tractor, bumped down the streets of Perham, letting those who rode feel the cool and rainy wind in their hair.

A hay wagon, pulled by a tractor, drives down Perham's Main Street for Oktoberfest. (Elizabeth Vierkant/Focus)
Elizabeth Vierkant / Perham Focus

At Rib Fest at Central Market, individuals with United Way cooked and sold ribs for $10 per rack, filling the air with the smell of smoke and barbeque.

United Way workers coat a rack of ribs in sauce at Rib Fest on Friday, Oct. 1. (Elizabeth Vierkant/Focus)


Celebrations continued Saturday, Oct. 2, with the second day of Oktoberfest. Even more vendors crowded the streets with art, food and kettle corn. Live music was played, and people over 21 hung out under a tent on Main Street for a beer tasting event.

Elizabeth (she/her), 23, graduated with a degree in Journalism and Communications from the University of Wisconsin–Stout in 2020. Elizabeth has always had a passion for telling stories about people and specializes in community features, which she uses for her Perham-centered content.
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