GALENA — Galena is gearing up for their second annual Oktoberfest.

The event is the same weekend as the Mother Road Marathon, which 4 Women on the Route owner Melba Rigg said gives people attending the marathon the option of exploring more of the area.

Rigg said they decided to start having the Oktoberfest when they became involved in the marathon and realized many of the families who had a family member participating would need something to do the Saturday before the race.

“We had a good turnout last year and this event helps restore Route 66 in Galena,” Rigg said.

Rigg also said the money will go towards development of the Route 66 area in Galena including repairs to Pappy Litch Park, restoration of the Galena Chamber building and repairs to Main Street and the route.

She said the money from the sales and the cost for the vendors all go into a development fund.

Rigg said there are many improvements they want to continue to make to the Route 66 area and she said they would also like to have a sign explaining some of the Route 66 history in Galena.

Route 66 is one of the major tourist attractions in the area and this year alone 3,000 Europeans and 1,500 Americans have come through touring Route 66.

The Oktoberfest will include a pumpkin tent, which is for children to come and decorate pumpkins, a touch-a-truck event, which will include Tow-Mater, a fire truck and an ambulance for the children to see, clog dancing, live music, an art walk in Main Street Deli featuring local artists, as well as pretzels and brats.

Rigg said they are still looking for more vendors for the event and possibly a car club to show their antique cars.

Oktoberfest will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. October 8 in Pappy Litch Park at Main Street and Route 66. For more information call Melba Rigg at (417)437-8132.