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Kettle corn is a treat that cannot be replicated at home. To enjoy the sweet-salty goodness in its purest state, you must be outdoors at some kind of fair or fest or the like; you must be in a place like Maeystown, Illinois, during its Oktoberfest. This small, historic settlement, nestled in the countryside eight miles southwest of Waterloo, Illinois, stays true to its German roots by throwing this yearly fall party, and you’ll not only be able to consume your weight in kettle corn, but you’ll also have the opportunity to eat bratwursts, potato pancakes, turtle soup and more. Plus, you can shop for antiques and crafts and pay a visit to the village’s museum. For more details about the free festivities, which run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and for directions, call 618-458-6660 or visit
Sun., Oct. 14, 2007

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