APPLETON - It's the kickoff to Octoberfest in Appleton.
License to Cruise shuts down College Avenue for hundreds of cars and tens of thousands of spectators.
This year the featured cars are Oldsmobiles, but classic cars of all makes and models are on display.
Organizers say the event is the perfect warm-up for Octoberfest Saturday
At Octoberfest thousands of people are expected in Downtown Appleton.
And the police department says there will be plenty of security mixed in with all the fun.
Classic cars, delicious food and closed roads in Downtown Appleton are just some of the signs that point to the start of what organizers say is the fourth largest Octoberfest event in the country.
"We ask our fans every year, what do you want to see for music and entertainment and that's what draws people down and then of course the eating experience while they're here," said Octoberfest Executive Director Susan Vanden Heuvel.
Vanden Heuvel says she expects more than 100,000 people to pack College Avenue throughout the day on Saturday taking in the sights and sounds.
"It's a very unique experience compared to other festivals."
"The food and just seeing the people that turn out and the event, it's just kind of fun," said Meredith Mason of Appleton who plans on attending Saturday.
And to ensure those festival goers are safe, the Appleton Police Department has what it calls a well rehearsed security plan in place.
"Although we have more officers than normal, it's just based on making it a safe environment for everyone that comes down," said Sgt. Dave Lund.
Sgt. Lund wouldn't say how many officers will be involved this weekend, but he says officers will be clearly visible to ensure the safety of all participants. Something Vanden Heuvel says she hopes visitors will respect.
"We're well prepared to handle those, but you know this is a community-based event, it's a gift back to the community and we want to everybody to go into it with that frame of mind."
Enjoying a good time with a few thousand friends.
Octoberfest runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.
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