Thousands came to downtown Ottumwa on this rainy Saturday morning for the 40th annual Oktoberfest Parade.
Crowds packed Main and East Second Streets as they viewed from the sidelines the several area school marching bands including Ottumwa High School, along with corporations like John Deere and Cargill and local community organizations also took part in the parade that lasted nearly two hours.
For Ottumwa residents who have been at Oktoberfest since it's first one 40 years ago, it's amazing for them to see how far it's come.
"A lot of people come to Ottumwa to see Oktoberfest, visit the beer tent and on Saturday see the big parade. It's gotten bigger and I like seeing everything it," said Laura Stanley.
For some, it's continuing a yearly tradition.
"Family and friends get together and enjoy watching the parade. We come down here all the time. I like coming to the parade and getting in the rides," said Betty Sheperd.
For others, it's taking a walk down memory lane.
"I loved it. Our drill team would march through and do exhibitions. It brings everyone together . We only do it once a year and we all get together and have a good time," said Sally Brownlee.
For a few, it's experiencing it for the very first time.
"See different things. I like the bands," said Shelly Vermeer.
Hey...what about the kids? What do they think about Oktoberfest?
"I like the rides," said Madison Brownlee.
"I like the horses," said Andrew Beoner.
"I like the candy," said Nicole Whittington.
No matter how old or young they were everyone who came out to this year's Oktoberfest parade can all agree on one thing...lots of great family fun to enjoy.