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Holy Schnitzel!




liz gunnBy Liz Gunn || It’s a bye week for the University of South Carolina, and I think I can confidently speak for all of Gamecock Nation when I say, “Whew!” If ever a team (and a fan base) needed a week off – it’s this one, and it’s now.

A lot of people, myself included, tend to plan things around this weekend; weddings, birthday parties, beach trips, etc. However,  there is still a lot of fun to be had in Columbia this weekend if you’re around.

Most people know the South Carolina State Fair started yesterday and will run through the end of next week, but if you’re looking for something a little less chaotic, and a lot less expensive – check out Oktoberfest at Incarnation Lutheran on Devine Street. The real Oktoberfest, in Munich, lasts for 16 days – but this one is just for the weekend, so be sure to stop by while you can!

In its fourth year now, the Columbia festival promises to be a fun-filled event for the family that won’t break the bank. They’ll have 31 different beers available (11 of which are from South Carolina), traditional, authentic German fare like Schnitzel and Spätzle along with Polka music and dancing. The kids can have their own fun with carnival games, face painting and balloon animals.

The festival begins tomorrow, October 10th and will run through Sunday, October 12. Friday and Saturday, the event will run from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. On Sunday, the hours are noon to 6 p.m. Check out their website to see the full menu, music line-up and event map.


Liz Gunn is a wife, mom, travel enthusiast, food snob, daydreamer and lifelong Gamecock fan. A graduate of the University of South Carolina, she lives in Columbia, S.C. with her husband and daughter.