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Waverly held an Oktoberfest celebration on held Friday, Sept. 27, and Saturday, Sept 28, at Kohlman Park in Waverly, Iowa.

The event featured live music from area bands, food trucks and activities for the whole family.

“Waverly is a bit of a smaller community and I feel like this brings everyone here together and we are all very close knit,” Maggie Newsom, a second-year English major at Wartburg, said.

Oktoberfest had groups join in from around the community, such as Waverly Sister City, which brings together Waverly and Eisenach, Germany. Wartburg College is named after Wartburg Castle in Eisenach, Germany.

The college has an international partnership with the castle, as well as its sister city of Eisenach, to create an exchange of study opportunities, internships and visits, according to

“The idea is if we get to know one another on a personal basis, [then] we understand that we are all basically looking for the same things,” Dr. Brian Pfaltzgraff, Waverly Sister City president and Wartburg College music professor, said.

Also the awareness can promote Waverly and Eisenach working together on further projects. For more information on Wartburg’s history, go to wartburg. edu/heritage-history/, or about Waverly Oktoberfest, go to

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