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Beck’s Mill will celebrate their German Heritage with the 8th annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 22nd (11 am to 4 pm).

This is the mill’s biggest event with several types of music starting at 11 am with the National Anthem by one of Bill Spencer-Pierce’s students of Salem High School.

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Special music by Hoot Von Woot (George & Megan Napier), various artists will play dulcimers, fiddles and banjos.

Shawn Black will play his hand-made flutes.  A civil war group known as the “Darlington Sentinels” will have a camp & demonstrate soldier activities.

Other demonstrations include blacksmithing, mock moonshining, pottery, split shake shingles, walking stick carving, apple peeling, painting and “Little Crow” aka Mindy Foust will demonstrate her bead weaving.

Local artist DDS. Jared Kearschner will be highlighted in the old Beck cabin with a special showing of his paintings.

Children will enjoy free activities such as face painting, bead craft, and  an art table.  A special visit from “Johnny Appleseed” will delight the children with a coloring activity.

The decorated pumpkin contest is at 1 pm in the parking lot area along with many unique craft vendors.

The day would not be complete without campfire beans and Beck’s Mill cornbread!

Adult admission is $5.00, children age 16 and under are admitted free with a paid adult admission.  The mill closes for the season on Sun. Oct. 30th. The mill is located at 4433 S. Becks Mill Rd, Salem.