NEWPORT, KY (FOX19) - We've got another big weekend on tap with the Reds in town, Midpoint Music Festival and Newport's annual Oktoberfest celebration.
Weidemann's Newport Oktoberfest features a 90-foot ferris wheel this year. It's called the Wheel of Light, and it's a real crowd pleaser.
This ferris wheel made a big splash at Bonnaroo, and in Newport riders get a spectacular view of the Cincinnati skyline.
And that's not all. Oktoberfest Coordinator Marc Wertheim adds, "We have a Munich-style Oktoberfest tent with lots of seating so there's great places to sit and listen to authentic German music."
Wertheim says preservation of German heritage is what makes Newport's Oktoberfest something special.
"One of the focuses of Weidemann's Newport Oktoberfest is to promote German culture. We have authentic German music, a band from Bavaria. We have the Enzian Schuhplattlers German dancers that perform Friday night and Saturday afternoon, and we have an authentic German wedding Saturday night."
It's great for the local food spots, too.
Pompilio's owner Larry Geiger says, "People will tend to move back into the city before and after the event to see the local shops and the many restaurants that we have in the city, so we do see a good impact in our business."
"I think anytime we can have a festival like Oktoberfest, you know, it's always beneficial to Newport. It brings new people that may not be familiar with Newport to the area and they can see what we have to offer," added Cara Peluso, who manages the Mansion Hill Tavern.
Newport Mayor Jerry Peluso says attracting visitors is what Newport's Oktoberfest is all about.
"We want to showcase our beautiful city and the great people we have living here and the really great retail shops and restaurants," he tells FOX19.
Newport's Oktoberfest begins Friday at 5 p.m. and runs through 9 p.m. Sunday.
For event details check out www.oktoberfestnewport.com.