Oktoberfest set for Saturday at Beck’s Mill

Celebrating the Beck family’s German heritage, Oktoberfest will bring many fun things to do from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Beck’s Mill, 4433 S. Beck’s Mill Road, Salem.

The opening ceremony will be at 11 a.m. There will be music all day long and many demonstrations, such as weaving, spinning, blacksmithing, cane carving, pottery, jewelry making, face painting, tomahawk throwing and more.

Resident artist Dusty Baker will be doing a painting in the Beck cabin along with an art show from the local middle school and her students from Beck’s Mill. Also, Johnny Appleseed will be telling his tales along with apple peeling.

Craft vendors will be set up in the parking lot. Space is still available. If interested, call Judy at 812-896-3447 after 5 p.m.

Also at the event will be Alan Bishop, aka “Tommy Greene” the moonshiner; Clint Barnett, a Civil War historian; and the mill’s famous campfire beans and all the fixins, including Beck’s Mill cornbread.

The cornmeal bake-off also will be in the parking lot with entry drop-off between 11 and 11:45 a.m. Participants must include ½ cup of Beck’s Mill cornmeal and recipe.

Mill admission is $5 for adults, and children 16 and under will be admitted free with a paid adult.

The mill closes for the season Sunday.