There was a long line for the kettle fried chicken, hotdogs and brat, with sides that included German cheese potatoes, homemade chips and southern green beans, at the Martinsburg Oktoberfest on Sunday, Oct. 3, held on the lawn of the St. Joseph Catholic Church, but it was worth the wait.
Patrons who were asked, and many more who were overheard throughout the afternoon, said the chicken was one of the reasons they came. A.J. Jensen, who was there with the Knights of Columbus to help cook the chicken, estimated that at least 1,250 pounds of chicken was fried fresh during the festival.
In addition to the food, the day had many activities for families such as games, barrel car rides and a corn kernel wagon to play in. There was also a quilt show, car show and a charity auction.
Automobile enthusiasts from all around Audrain and Montgomery counties showed off their stunning cars and trucks of all shapes, sizes, models and colors, some modified and some mostly original.
There was a purple 1939 Dodge pickup owned by Eddie Horch, red 1967 Dodge owned by Jim Arens, a Ford Model T owned by Anthony Becker, a red 1939 Chevy pickup with oversized all-terrain tires owned by Paul Dubbert and many others.
Chad Campbell of Martinsburg brought an early 20th century flatbed pickup that he plans to keep original other than replacing and improving the engine to make it more reliable.
“I found [this 1931 International pickup] in a guy’s shed in Truesdal, Mo.,” Campbell said. “It’s originally from Perry. It’s going to pretty much get drove around the farm. I’ve used it to put fence out, bring in firewood. It’s fun just to get in and go.”
Photos by Barry Dalton