Bloktoberfest brings German heritage to Owensboro

OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) – Beer, barbecue and live music – some say it’s the perfect combination for a fall day. Families filled 2nd Street in downtown Owensboro for the second annual Bloktoberfest.

“I think Bloktoberfest is awesome,” says Jesse Sash, who was enjoying the festival.

Sash even dressed up for the occasion and wore Lederhosen.

“Every other big city has a festival and taps into German culture and heritage. And I think it’s important for us to do that because we have a part of that too,” he says.

Although it’s only the second year, organizer Palmer Dempsy says it’s already growing.

“All the local breweries we have here, we should visit them on a Saturday drive, and they’re there to represent them,” he says.

Pub on Second owner John Condray says the event is suitable for the whole family.

“You can come here and walk around for a while, listen to live music and grab something to eat or drink,” he says.

When the sun goes down, a silent disco will take over the party. Participants will put on headphones with three stations playing different decades of music.

“If you don’t like one, you can move on to the next one. And if you don’t like that one, you can move on to the next one. If we put something like the chacha slide, everyone goes on the same color and dances in the middle of the street.

The silent disco continues until 1am.