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Oktoberfest brings fall flavors to downtown

You just don’t get many 67-degree days in late October.

The weather was perfect. The six chilis being served were good. The wind didn’t affect the cornhole tournament. It was a good day to be in downtown Elkhart.

The annual Oktoberfest celebration put on by Pillars of Elkhart attracted a small crowd to Central Park for food, beverages and fun.

Five restaurants and the Elkhart Fire Department served chilis. The fire department’s white chili won over the judges this year to earn the top award. The peoples’ choice voting picked Flippin’ Cow by a landslide, according to organizer Steph Patka.

Miles Lab was second in the judges voting and Flippin’ Cow was third. Flippin’ Cow won the award for the best booth, followed by Miles Lab and Rulli’s.

Mr. Z band and the Tumbleweed Jumpers played on the lawn under the bright fall sunshine and families enjoyed the event.

The judges for the event were Mayor Dick Moore, mayoral candidate Tim Neese and Marshall King, the Elkhart Truth’s managing editor and food columnist for The Elkhart Truth and Flavor 574.

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