Trumbull Co. remembers German heritage with Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest in the square was gearing up for its 2020 celebration, but like everything else this year, COVID-19 has changed its plans

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) — Saturday in Trumbull County, an Oktoberfest celebration introduced many to the sights and sounds of German culture.

“We didn’t want to go a year without anything,” said Meghan Reed of the Trumbull County Historical Society.

Oktoberfest in the square was gearing up for its 2020 celebration, but like everything else this year, COVID-19 changed its plans.

“I thought it just made sense,” said Adam Keck of Modern Methods Brewing Company.

Modern Methods Brewery has partnered with the Trumbull County Historical Society for years to host Oktoberfest. So it was easy to decide to run a drive-thru in their downtown area.

“We’re not in the place dancing and eating bratwurst together, but you can take this home and listen to the show live or listen to the show and feel that connection,” Keck said.

“A lot of people don’t realize German immigration started here in the early 1800s,” Reed said.

Reed of the Trumbull County Historical Society says Oktoberfest usually draws a few hundred people.

The idea was to start an Oktoberfest celebration as a way to raise money for the organization, but more importantly, it was an effort to honor German history in the area.

“When you look at census records from the 1820s, 1830s, 1840s, there’s a ton of German families moving to Warren and Trumbull County during that time,” Reed said.

Volunteers even dressed up the role, trying to make the most of the situation.

“Everything is authentically German, from the food to the beer to the music,” Reed said.

The traditional German meal included brats, sauerkraut, strudel and lots of beer.