There were plenty of things to do in Salina on Saturday, including everything from a street fair, to a pet fair, to an Oktoberfest event.
For many, the day began with the Smoky Hill Museum Street Fair Parade down Santa Fe. A large crowd gathered along the route. The parade featured bands, dancers, businesses, military, and political entries and floats.
Following the parade, many of those who watched headed over to the Smoky Hill Museum for the street fair. The street fair was a free day of celebration with music, games, crafts and activities, historic demonstrators, food vendors, and tours of the museum. It also featured the return of a chili cook-off competition.
An Oktoberfest event was held in Oakdale Park. It included a car show, barbcue competition, and a beer garden. The Salina AMBUCS hosted an Oktoberfest beer garden, in conjunction with a German car show. The car show featured classic and current German vehicles, including rare and not so rare cars, vans, and even motorcycles. At the same time, the Smokin’ on the Smoky BBQ competition filled the air in th park with tantilizing aromas. The event was organized by local and area firfighters and EMTs.
There was also an event for pet and animal lovers. Sterling House hosted a pet fair event. It included a hot dog eating contest, a pet fashion and talent show, a petting zoo, horse rides, and multiple animal and pet education booths. The event was a fund raiser for the Salina Animal Shelter.