Oktoberfest lights up downtown Wheatland

Heather Hart had her ladies boutique set up downtown for the annual Oktoberfest celebration. Painted Pony is a business that Hart runs out of Casper. There were several out of town vendors at the event.

WHEATLAND – The annual Oktoberfest celebration returned to downtown Wheatland after a year’s hiatus due to the COVID pandemic.

Sponsored by the Platte County Chamber of Commerce, it was as an evening of fun, food, beer, music and shopping. Over 25 vendors transformed Wheatland’s historic downtown into a mini-German village. Some of the vendors included Chugwater Chili, Arena BBQ, 2 Boutique trailers, Philly’s and Cream, the World Needs More Cowboy’s Bar.

According to Shawna Reichert, PCCC executive director, there may have been as many as 1,000 people who passed through the streets of Wheatland for the festivities.

Justin Herdt provided the German-based polka music with DJ Magik. The music was heard for blocks away and also helped to announce and invite people to the festivities. There were people dancing polkas in the streets and beer was consumed in abundance. 

There were many activities including the Lions Club  barrel train which provided rides through the downtown streets for the kids which was also called “the Wheatland monorail.”

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