Main Street Rensselaer is celebrating a successful summer season on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the 11th Annual OktoberFest on South Van Rensselaer Street across from the Jasper County Courthouse. The event will be packed with international food offerings, live music, wine tasting and a beer garden. Main Street Rensselaer requests a $5 donation for entry, with children ten and under admitted free. This year's proceeds will be used to construct a welcome sign at the west entry to Rensselaer.

Spread out over the bricks of South Van Rensselaer Street, this year's vendors include Martin's Restaurant, Ayda's Mexican Cuisine, City Office & Pub, Ritz Cinema, Rensselaer Moose Family Center and the Little Cousin Jasper Festival committee. Award-winning wines will be served on the square by Carpenter Creek Cellars. Main Street Rensselaer is hosting the beer garden featuring several seasonal brews. Entertainment will be provided by a local DJ and McGuffin.

The Little Cousin Jasper committee will host a cupcake walk and sidewalk chalk for all children from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Main Street Rensselaer will feature fire pits to warm attendees with firewood donated by the local boy scouts.

For more information on the 11th Annual OktoberFest, visit

Main Street Rensselaer is a volunteer, non-profit organization aiming to preserve the historic architecture of downtown Rensselaer, and promote the downtown as a social, cultural and economic hub of activity in Jasper County. Main Street Rensselaer has organized and funded several downtown enhancement projects. Projects include lights in Milroy Park, reinvigorating the farmers market, revitalizing the Hanley Parking Lot and the Front Street parking lot.

Main Street would like to thank their sponsors: Conagra, Lafayette Bank & Trust, DeMotte State Bank, Weirs Chevrolet/Cadillac/GMC, City of Rensselaer, Rensselaer Septic Tanks, Beaver & Beaver, P.C., CI Insurance, Donaldson Company, Inc., Jasper County Tourism Commission, Royal Oak Restaurant, Steinke Funeral Home and Strack & Van Til.