Success of Diffie show has Oktemberfest board thinking big

The hugely successful show by country musician Joe Diffie during last fall’s Oktemberfest has organizers thinking big again for the 2014 Marshalltown festival.

The board decided to bring in Diffie to make a bigger splash with its Saturday night event, with what was originally billed as an outdoor show.

The Sept. 28 act was moved indoors to Veterans Memorial Coliseum due to the weather, but still drew nearly 900 people.

The country musician rocked the indoor crowd and he was one of the biggest name acts to play in Marshalltown in recent years.

“We were extremely happy with the crowd,” said Dan Moellers of the Oktemberfest board. “We were very pleased with how things went last year.”

Due to the success of the show, the board is looking to bring in another big name act for this fall, possibly another country musician.

Moellers said the assistance of country radio station KIX-101 and its listener base locally makes country a natural fit.

He said they will bill this as an indoor show at Veterans Memorial Coliseum since it worked so well indoors last year. They’ll also look into a local or regional act as the opening show.

“We’ll probably have some regional or local talent to open up the show and then in that 9 p.m. range we’ll bring in a big act,” Moellers said.

Moellers said they continue to research acts and hope to save money by booking an act making a swing through the Midwest during that time period.