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The final “oompas” are being aligned for this Saturday’s Oktoberfest in downtown Corsicana, a fundraising event to benefit Derrick Days.

In addition to the Alpine Village Band, which is performing from 6 to 9 p.m., a second band, The Heat, will take over from 9 p.m. until midnight to keep the party going. The Heat performs a variety of music, not just traditional German themes.

Collin Street in front of Napoli’s at 111 E. Collin will be closed to traffic, and tents will be set up for the guests and bands.

“It’s pretty much going to be a completely outdoor event,” said Steven Dieterichs, Main Street Director for the City of Corsicana. “We’re trying to recreate a traditional Oktoberfest setting.”

Admission to the event is $10 per person, but if people buy a limited-edition Oktoberfest 2010 T-shirt for $20, then admission is free.

The Derrick Days committee will be selling bratwurst, sauerkraut, and pretzels, while Napoli’s will be selling traditional German beer and other beverages.

The purpose for holding the Oktoberfest is to raise money for the behind-the-scenes costs of holding the city’s annual Derrick Days festival, according to Brad Haynie.

Those expenses include portable toilets, security and trash collections that aren’t otherwise sponsored.

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Janet Jacobs may be reached via e-mail at jacobs@corsicanadailysun.com. Want to “sound off” to this article? E-mail: Soundoff@corsicanadailysun.com

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