BOWLS will take a back seat to bratwurst and beer wenches this weekend when the Tamworth City Bowling Club plays host to an Oktoberfest extravaganza.
The German-themed event, which boasts a tradition dating back more than 200 years, will make a splash-landing in Tamworth from 3pm today and run through to Sunday.
Bowling club manager Wayne Patch said the event was a natural fit for the venue.
“We had our own German restaurant open here five months ago so we thought it would be good to build on that theme and bring something different to Tamworth,” Mr Patch said.
“It’s all about German beer, food, music and a great atmosphere. We really want to make this an annual event.”
He said with many small clubs “going belly up”, it was critical venues constantly reinvented themselves.
“It is a struggle to keep your head above water, especially for golf and bowling clubs that have high maintenance costs,” Mr Patch said.
“You don’t know where your future lies so you have to remain interesting and relevant.”
Oktoberfest Tamworth will be officially opened at 6 o’clock tonight by Tamworth council deputy mayor Russell Webb.