It has been 20 years since a beer has been publicly served in the city of Vicco. Country Boy Brewing and Bad Tom Smith Brewing is teaming up with the city to bring you Oktoberfest on Oct. 17 from 5 p.m. to midnight. Local bands and restaurants will be in attendance, as well as a special performance by Blackii Effing Whyte.
“People are coming from everywhere,” Mayor Johnny Cummings said. “I had someone from Washington D.C. post on the Facebook page that he had dibs on a couch to stay on, I thought he was joking, but no. I told him, ‘I’ve got extra bedrooms, don’t worry about it!’ They’re coming from Louisville, Indiana, even flying in from California just to drink beer on the street.”
The bars in Vicco have either burnt, or have been torn down and replaced by a playground. Cummings attained a one-day licence to serve for the occasion, and what started as a small fundraiser has turned into something much more. Bad Tom Smith is buried right across the street from Vicco City Hall; Bad Tom Brewery saw a documentary on KET on the famous outlaw, and has even named one of their brews the Breathitt County Pale Ale. You may even expect a surprise appearance from Bad Tom, or at least the actor who played him on the documentary, roaming the streets of Vicco this coming Saturday.
Cummings says he hopes to host an event like this once a month, bringing in different local restaurants, businesses, and craft makers. Cummings plans to use the proceeds from Oktoberfest to stuff stockings for children during the holidays.
Erin Joseph can be reached at 606-436-5771 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.