13th Annual Octoberfest Celebrates Baileyville Community

Octoberfest Grand Marshal - Woodland Jr. and Sr. High School Band

By Lura Jackson

 

Since 2005, the community of Baileyville has gathered together in early October for a week of events designed to appeal to all ages. From beauty pageants to house and business decorating to a car show and live music – along with copious amounts of activities and games for kids – Octoberfest is the largest celebration Baileyville hosts each year.

“Each year we seem to get more and more support from our communities, and it gets bigger. We are able to offer much more for everyone to do and see,” said Jamie Bohanon. Bohanon and co-chair Sherri Neddeau are the key organizers of the festival, which was originally launched in 2005 through the efforts of Joellen Gallant and Muriel McPhee.

Bohanon credits the volunteers of the organizing committee for all of the work that goes into producing Octoberfest – work that provides its own special reward. “When watching the people who are attending, you look at their reactions to what we have for them to see and do. When you see the smiles and sparkles in their eyes at the end of the day, all the work we have to do was well worth it.”

One of the major events of the festival is the parade, which is being held this year on Saturday, October 6th. Each year, the planning committee names a Grand Marshal to preside over the parade. This year, the committee unanimously selected the Woodland High School Band for its aptitude under Director Christine Sawtelle and the many functions at which the band performs. “Every year, no matter the weather, they tune their instruments and march in everything we do for this community, so we thought we would return the favor by asking them to be our Grand Marshals,” Bohanon wrote on the Facebook page (“Baileyville’s Octoberfest”).

The emphasis on the importance of community is evident in many of the scheduled events, including the annual Walk to End Bullying and the call for non-perishable donations to the food pantry for participants in the Shirt Tail Parade. The Silhouette Project, an outreach program to raise awareness of the prevalence of suicide among military veterans, will be on-site throughout the major festivities on Saturday.

 

For Bohanon and the other organizers of Octoberfest, the community is both the source of inspiration for the festival as well as its biggest ongoing contributor. “We would like to thank the community for all your continued support,” Bohanon said.