Oktoberfest – the month has a “K” in it because that’s German for you – has a unique hybrid in the City of Clinton. Those pesky Scots get involved.
Clinton is a town with a rich Presbyterian, and, hence, Scottish, heritage. Presbyterian College and Thornwell Home for Children, now also the site of a charter school, were both founded by William Plumer Jacobs. Thornwell is named after a theologian, James Henley Thornwell. The reason PC’s sports teams are the Blue Hose is those stern “blue stocking Presbyterians,” a term that dates back to the 17th Century.
All of which, in a roundabout way, is why “Scots & Brats” will be held in Vance Park, 198 Florida St., from 3 to 9 p.m. on Saturday. As a result, there exists such a thing as a Scottish Oktoberfest.
The Main Street Clinton festival will feature both Bavarian- and Irish-style dancers, bagpiper Ally McKinnis and demonstrations of Highlands athletics by John Allen.
Bratwurst, of course, figures to be a leading food option, though hardly the only one.
A Celtic rock band, Brynmor, takes the stage at 7:30 p.m.
Prisma Health is the presenting sponsor.