The local Oktoberfest sprang four decades ago from the combined efforts of Fort Hays State University, the Hays Area Chamber of Commerce and county residents who shared a German ancestry. The idea was to create an event to celebrate the essence of the community and complement the university's Homecoming. It was intended to be the ideal town-gown partnership. After the Volga German Society was organized a few years later, it took over management of Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest began in the center of Downtown Hays, but large crowds soon required that it be relocated to the city park on south Main Street. The combined Oktoberfest-Homecoming festivities have swelled from the original two days to four -- from Thursday through Sunday -- with many thousands of local and out-of-town visitors each year. The event includes activities and demonstrations that honor our heritage, with delicious German food and large beer garden.
For more information visit www.haysoktoberfest.com