The Oktoberfest, a Wabash Valley tradition of hospitality, good food, drink and music offered by the German Oberlandler Club since 1973, returns to the Clabber Girl Festival Marketplace, Ninth and Cherry streets, Sept. 17-19. Open hours are 11 a.m. to midnight on Thursday and Friday and 4 p.m. to midnight on Saturday. Admission is free.

The International Main Street Polka Band is making its first appearance in Terre Haute and Eddie Korosa Jr. and His Boys from Illinois are back by request. The two groups, playing country, old-time rock and roll, swing and novelty dances as well as traditional waltzes and polkas, will provide non-stop music on stage beginning at 4 p m. each day.

Club members serve German and American foods including grilled brats and chicken, sauerkraut, German potato salad, schnitzel and desserts. Take-outs are available. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to enter the beer garden.

Red Hat Society members from Indiana and Illinois in their red and purple apparel open the event on Thursday for the fifth consecutive year performing the beloved, crazy “Chicken Dance.”

The “Take Your Staff to Lunch” crowd on Friday will enjoy organ music by members of LIFE, a part of the Lowrey program at the Conservatory of Music.

Youngsters may meet with local artist Catherine Warner, a master at face painting, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

This event, which helps fund a scholarship program and community projects, is going green this year by partnering with Wabash Valley Goodwill Industries to recycle plastic bottles as another club project.

Want to learn more?

• For more details, access www.terrehauteoberlandler or contact Dorothy Jerse at (812) 235-5722.

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