Road Hog’s Barbeque in White Sulphur Springs held their Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday, October 17. The event featured food, games and live music by Allan Dale Sizemore and the Thomas Taylor Band.
Turnout for the celebration was strong. According to Clay Elkins, co-owner of Road Hog’s Barbeque, “We had a great time.”
The event was the first of its kind in White Sulphur Springs since the pandemic began earlier in the year and was another big step forward for the town that was decimated by the floods of 2016.
“People were excited,” Elkins said. “They needed it.”
Elkins, who was decked out in authentic Oktoberfest attire — complete with shorts, knee socks and suspenders — was a busy man on Saturday. However, Elkins took some time on Sunday, October 18 to speak with the WV Daily News about the event.
“It went really well,” Elkins said. “It shows that we can do these kinds of things as long as everyone remains COVID-conscious. And they were. Everyone behaved in a very socially responsible way. It really comes down to people’s ownership.”
Masks were being worn and tables were set sufficiently apart to allow for appropriate social distancing. There were approximately 100 people in attendance at any given time throughout the day, including West Virginia Secretary of State candidate Natalie Tennant.
“It is really amazing to see this,” Tennant told the WV Daily News. “It is so great to see good things happening here.”
“It wasn’t just us,” Elkins said, referring to other area businesses that participated in the celebration. “Days like that, events like that…it just brings everybody up.”