For Glenna Morrell and Gary Edwards of Canton, the Oktoberfest
signals the beginning of their romantic relationship, along with the
beginning of their close friendships with the Oktoberfest's Saturday
night band, City Limits.
In fact, Morrell and Edwards are getting
married Sept. 9 in Cuba. The lead singer of the band, Marc Bubert,
will be the best man, and Bubert's wife, Kayla, will be the matron
of honor. Furthermore, Marc will be singing during the wedding,
accompanied by City Limits lead guitarist Brian Earleywine.
After a cake reception in Cuba, everyone will be invited to
Havana where, with the blessing and good wishes of the festival
committee, they will have their wedding reception at the east end of
the big tent.
It was at last year's Oktoberfest that Glenna and Gary realized
they were meant to be more than just good friends, despite having
known each other for years.
"From that day on, everything just changed," Glenna said. "The
Oktoberfest is a special time and place for us."
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This year will be Havana's 33rd Oktoberfest, and it will be held
the weekend after Labor Day, Sept. 8 and 9. Festivities will begin
Friday at 6 p.m. with the big Volksmarch Parade and polka music that
night. Gary and Glenna have been invited to be part of the parade
with an "Almost Just Married" sign on their vehicle.
Saturday's activities will start with the Polka Pace Race at 8
a.m. Lewistown's young singing star Tyler Huston Rohlwing will
entertain the crowd following the race, while the Havana Rotary Club
serves a pancake and sausage breakfast. Then there will be music on
stage from noon to midnight, including City Limits from 8 p.m. to
Other Oktoberfest activities will include crafts in the
courtyard, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, a big carnival, beer and
wine selections, and a food court offering a wide selection of
traditional German and American food.