There won't be a whole lot of changes at the 34th annual Oktoberfest in Lowell - and that's part of the attraction.
"We stick with what works," said Terry Schwendeman, Oktoberfest chairman.
That includes German potato salad, rotisserie chicken, live local entertainment and flea market vendors galore.
Lowell residents Donna and Howard Wagner will serve as marshals for the annual Oktoberfest parade this weekend.
Lowell resident Donna Wagner, 70, and her husband, Howard, will serve as this year's parade marshals. A former co-chairwoman of the event, Wagner said she likes the fundraising opportunities Oktoberfest provides for local organizations.
"And then the food's good," she said.
Her favorites are the roast chicken and the beef sandwiches. She'll be helping to make the latter this year after leading the Saturday morning parade.
If you go
What: 34th annual Oktoberfest.
When: 9 a.m. to dark Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Buell Island, Lowell.
Admission and parking: Free.
Parade: 10 a.m. Saturday (for more information, 896-2831).
Entertainment: German music, Space Chickens, Rockin' Country, Rube Band and Rags to Riches on Saturday; Steve and Bev Pottmeyer, the Fossils, Rube Band and GBS Production on Sunday.
Church services: Catholic Mass at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Shelter A; services at 9:30 a.m. Sunday in Shelter C.
Raffle: $1 per chance or six for $5; drawing at 5 p.m. Sunday.
Other activities: Numerous flea market and craft booths, horseshoe pitching daily at 1 p.m., games for children, and, of course, Oktoberfest's signature food.
The parade will start to line up around 9:30 a.m. at the former Deano's Pizzeria and Carryout in the north end of Lowell. It will travel down Fourth Street, to Third Street, then across the river to Buell Island.
There is no registration or fee for the parade, said Jim Lenhart, parade chairman.
"Whoever shows up, we put in," he said.
As for the food, the cream puffs added last year will be back, Schwendeman said. There may also be another new item, also from Schmidt's Restaurant und Sausage Haus in Columbus, the Bahama Mama Burger, which features sausage, sliced and grilled like a burger and topped with sauteed vegetables and a slice of cheese on a rye bun.
The festival started as a sort of homecoming for Lowell residents, many of whom are of German descent. And that's why longtime committee member Mildred Schwendeman, Terry's mother, says the festival's name should be spelled with a "k," even though a "c" had replaced it in recent years.
"I like the 'k' better," she said. "It's more German."