Hocktoberfest - Nelsonville OH
In 2013, Rocky Brands, Inc. and Hocking College came together and hosted a great inaugural event on the campus of Hocking College to provide a day full of great family-friendly activities and skill building demos for everyone to enjoy!. It was successful on many levels, and, because of that success, we are happy to invite you to join us for the 2nd annual Hocktoberfest being held at the Hocking College Campus on October 4th, 2014.

Just like last year, Hocktoberfest is a FREE event filled with something for everyone. Some of the activities we will have again this year are live music, outdoor skill learning and demos, a fishing derby, Clint Bowyer & Don Schumacher racing teams, horse drawn wagon rides, local vendors, pumpkin decorating and more! We also have stepped up the event even more to provide you with some new activities that we are sure you’ll love.
We look forward to seeing you at Hocktoberfest!

We are pleased to announce the 2014 Hocktoberfest Lineup of Music!

Shook Twins

Shook Twins

Born and raised in Sandpoint Idaho, Shook Twins are an Indie folk-pop band now hailing from coniferous forested Portland, Oregon. Identical twins, Katelyn and Laurie Shook, Kyle Volkman and Niko Daoussis form the core quartet. Central elements of the Shook Twins’ sound are a wide range of instrumentation, including banjo, guitar, electric and upright bass, mandolin, electric guitar, electronic drums, face drum (beatbox), glockenspiel, ukulele, banjo drumming  and their signature golden EGG. Beautiful twin harmonies, layered upon acoustic and electric instrumentation coupled with Laurie’s inventive use of percussive and ambient vocal loops, and Katelyn’s repurposed telephone microphone, set their sound apart, creating a unique and eccentric blend of folk, roots, groove and soul.

Horseshoes & Hand Grenades

Horseshoes & Hand Grenades

Red-blooded Old-Time Americana for a New Generation — Horseshoes & Hand Grenades is a progressive high-energy old-time folk grass band from Stevens Point, WI.  H&HG infuse the roots of old-time string music with the spontaneity and cocksure verve of youth that is sturdy as Central Wisconsin granite. 

With their formidable chops and their runaway passion,  H&HG have had the privilege of supporting, touring with and sharing stages with the likes of Merle Haggard, Trampled by Turtles, Dailey and Vincent, Tim O’Brian and Darrell Scott, Pert Near Sandstone, Travelin’ McCourys, Members of the String Cheese Incident & Leftover Salmon, Whitewater Ramble and many more. A diverse and dynamic festival resume has helped bring H&HG’s to stages and events such as the John Hartford Memorial Fest, Milwaukee’s Summerfest,  Delfest, Telluride BGF, Summerset,  Boats and Bluegrass, BWFR, Larryfest, Stoughton Opera House, Turner Hall, Big Horn Mountain Fest, and many more!



Bombadil is a NC based band whose music is a quirky, sophisticated twist on vintage pop, indie rock and alt/country, and are managed by the same team who manage the Avett Brothers. “…an indie record done right,” “…a combination of open-minded chamber folk and the bright and sunny pop music of the 1960s,” “…sounds like the folk/rock ‘Sgt. Pepper’s,'” and “…everything an indie record should be,” are just some of the comments from writers about the band’s most recent album, Metrics of Affection.

Chris Good & The Sweet Insurrection

Chris Good & The Sweet Insurrection

Chris Good is an Ann Arbor, MI based singer-songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist, community organizer, organic vegetable farmer. Drawing inspiration from soul, folk, and West African music, Good mixes an eclectic sound full of positivity & spirit-filled energy with poignant, humorous and engaging lyrics. He is often joined by The Sweet Insurrection, a rotating cast of some of the Midwest’s finest musicians in the jazz, funk, and world music communities.

Taylor & the Wild Now

Taylor & the Wild Now

Austin based soulful-songbird Taylor Baker has come a long way from her first show only one year ago. She is self-taught at the banjo and guitar, and is “increasingly becoming a common fixture in the city’s musical landscape.” (KUTX) Taylor’s certainly not limiting herself to her hometown. She recently won the Durango Sole Performer Contest through American Songwriter Magazine; which includes a lot of travel as well as opening up for national acts. Taylor is accompanied by the multi-talented guitar and trumpet player, Drew Walker. Together they create a sound that is both acoustic folk and sultry soul. Taylor is just beginning in her musical pursuits, and “there is no doubt she will continue to surprise her fans with that homegrown-folksy charm.” (Culturemap)

The Summoners

The Summoners

Anyone familiar with the music scene in Athens is well aware that our community has a disproportionate number of outstanding musicians. You can hardly walk down Court Street without stumbling over a dynamite guitar player or gifted songwriter. So it’s always gratifying to see some of these talented musicians forming a band together. That’s exactly the case with the Summoners, a local rock quartet that features Liz Pahl, Corbin Bradley Marsh, Matt Box and Bryan Gibson. All four of the band-mates bring something different to the group. “For lack of a better term, I’d call it ‘American rock music,’ Gibson said. “Not necessarily Americana, although there are some twangy elements to it. But it’s basically catchy three-chord rock songs with harmonies and a driving beat.“ The Athens News

Outdoor Skill Learning & Demos
Fishing Derby
5K Trail Run
Course Map | Registration
Live Music
Horse Drawn Wagon Rides
Food, Beer & Crafts
Clint Bowyer Racing
Don Schumacher Racing
& Much More!

Classic Brands Beer Garden
with domestic, craft & import beer available
Dominos Pizza
Pepsi Products
The Boot Grill view site
Hocking College Culinary Arts view site
T & M Concessions
Holy Guacamole view site
Becky Jean’s Kettle Corn view site
Timmy’s Meltdown view site



For more information, please call 740.753.3591

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Shane Rickly

Shane Rickly, Rocky Sponsored Professional Roughstock Series Bull Rider will be signing autographs and giving bull riding and calf roping demonstrations at Hocktoberfest. Rickly won the World’s Toughest Rodeo in 2009, was the World Champion Bull Rider for International Professional Rodeo Association in 2011, and qualified for the PRS World Final as well achieving a top-five finish in 2012. He is a native of Amanda, Ohio and has worked with cattle and livestock since he was a child and was roping and riding by age four. Injuries including a lost thumb, dislocated shoulder and broken nose can’t keep Rickly away from the sport he loves. Be sure to attend his educational and fun demonstrations to listen and learn from the best!

Wood Butcher

The Wood Butcher Chainsaw carving artist makes stunning natural art from by using nothing but a chainsaw to craft these gorgeous, highly treasured sculpted pieces. Each piece is unique to its own….. no two pieces will be identical. Their motto is “Our only limitation….is your imagination”. Stop by and watch the Wood Butcher take nothing but a tree and turn it into a masterpiece from start to finish. Check out some of his work and follow him on facebook.

Archery Activity

How good is your aim? Test your skills at the archery range during Hocktoberfest. Hocking College Student Center staff will be on hand to teach you the basics of aiming and shooting a bow and arrow. This fun activity is great for all ages!

Nature Walk

Enjoy an educational walk around the beautiful Hocking College campus. School of Natural Resources faculty and students will lead guided Nature Walks along the college’s trails and point out the natural plants and animals that inhabit the area. Walks will leave from the Multi-Purpose tent at the top of each hour from 1 to 4 pm and will focus on topics such as Bugs, Birds, Edible Plants, and even a trip to the Star Lab Planetarium. Each walk will be unique in that you never know what critters might be out and about. These walks are appropriate for children and adults.

Kid Zone

Visit the indoor and outdoor Kid Zones for fun and educational activities. The outdoor area features face painting, pumpkin decorating, COSI Scienc Kiosks, and more. The indoor area offers bounce houses, a magic show, crafts, the Star Lab Planetarium, and other kid-centric activities.

Stihl Timbersports

Faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful than a locomotive. No it’s not Superman – these “men of steel” are LUMBERJACKS! Captivating audiences for the past 25 years, Timber works Lumberjack Show Powered by STIHL provides images of man against the impossible along with the sport derived out of a nation’s heritage. The Show includes such events as axe throwing, chopping, log rolling, cross cut sawing, hot sawing and chainsaw carving.

NHRA Funny Car

Rocky/Don Schumacher Racing Mopar funny car driven by 2011 NHRA Funny Car Champion Matt Hagan will be on display to get an up close and personal view of this magnificent 10,000 Horsepower beast!

Super Dirt Late Model Race Car

Stop by to see the Georgia Boot/Clint Bowyer Racing car on display!

COSI Kiosks

Visit COSI’s Science Spot traveling science exhibition for the opportunity to play, explore, and learn about science! Science Spot consists of colorful hands-on kiosks that challenge your mind and teach you about science. Whether you’re a child or adult, you can enjoy testing your abilities in interesting science topics such as magnets, pulleys, and building.

Columbus Zoo Wildlife Demonstration

The Columbus Zoo will be on the Main Stage at 2 pm to give you the opportunity to learn about the animals that travel with Jack Hanna. Discover where they’re from, what they eat, and possibly touch the birds, reptiles, and a variety of mammals.

Robbin’s Crossing Historical Village

The pioneer days of southeastern Ohio are reignited with a visit to Robbins Crossing, a completely restored 1850s-era village. Individuals dressed in period costumes share historical information to help recreate the past and show the 19th century way of life. You can tour the town’s old buildings and blacksmith shops as well as watch demos on candle making, corn husk doll making, cider pressing, yarn spinning, rug making and cooking on a wood-burning stove and open fire. Step back in time with Robbin’s Crossing Historical Village.

Hocking Woods Nature Center

The Hocking Woods Nature Center will feature fantastic wildlife viewing and all sorts of birds, reptiles and other unique critters for you to observe and learn about the eco-system.

Star Lab Planetarium

Step out of the bright light into the perfect conditions of a dark, cloudless night sky to see a realistic model of the stars in all their glory. You can get an up close look at and learn all about some of the most distant objects and spectacular constellations that can be seen from Earth.


Hocking College Campus

3301 Hocking Pkwy
Nelsonville, OH 45764
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Ride the Train to Hocktoberfest

Take a train ride to Hocktoberfest! Park in the Rocky Outdoor Gear Store Parking Lot and the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway will be providing a shuttle service to the event!

Lawn Chairs

Bring your lawn chairs for guaranteed seating!