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[SEPT. 3, 2003]  The Illinois River community of Havana will host its 30th annual Oktoberfest on Sept. 5, 6 and 7.

In honor of the 30th anniversary and the city's 150th anniversary, there will be fireworks shows both Friday and Saturday nights.

All weekend long there will be live music, including the return of Pork and the Havana Ducks, and dancing under the big tent on Main Street, as well as a carnival for the kids.

Bratwurst and sauerkraut, beer, wine, hot dogs, and a feast of other delectable goodies will be offered in the food court, and artisans from near and far will have their goods on display all around the shady lawn in front of the Mason County Courthouse.

Highlights of the Oktoberfest include the Volks March Parade that opens the event at 6 p.m. on Friday, and live music until midnight.


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Saturday's events begin at 9 a.m. with the running of the Polka Pace Race, a 5K walk and run along Havana's brick streets and along the Illinois River.

The music will resume at 11:30 a.m. and continue again until midnight.

From 7:30 to 8:30 Saturday night there will be a Civil War dance demonstration, sponsored by the committee that organized the community's sesquicentennial celebration. Hand-picked members of the audience and other "volunteers" may get a quick dance lesson on the spot!

Sunday's events in Havana start under the tent at 1 p.m. and continue until 4:30 p.m.

[News release]

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