Horse-Drawn Wagon Highlights Oktoberfest

by Danielle Cotterman on October 1, 2011 at 8:17 am

The celebration of their German Heritage brought the community of Somerset out Saturday for a unique ride around town.

Among the hustle and bussel of art, crafts and food vendors a unique sound of a slower pace was heard…the rhythmic clip-clop of a horse- drawn wagon. Roger Hillis has been providing the community with the one-of-a-kind experience for nearly 10 years. Although Hillis will provide the novelty rides at weddings and other events, he said the work is by no-means a business.

"I enjoy it, and I like for the kids to enjoy it, that’s it you know. My wife says, you’re not going to get rich doing it," laughed Hillis.

Saturday was the 3rd annual Oktoberfest for Somerset. All proceeds of the day will go back into the community. President of the Perry County Historical Society John McGamghey said the Historical Society has recently purchased an archival home in Somerset with the intention of preserving it.

"That’s what we’re all about trying to preserve history in Perry County, not only Somerset," said McGamghey. "It’s a county wide organization and our major goal is to preserve history."

The festival typically raises between $4-5,000.