JOPLIN -- The second annual Oktoberfest took place in downtown Joplin Saturday despite the cloudy weather. The event was organized by representatives with "Way Beyond Events" to draw crowds to the downtown area. Dozens of vendors, performers, train rides and other family-friendly activities were all part of the festivities. Organizers say the free events is a great way to highlight Joplin's historic downtown district. The next event scheduled in downtown Joplin will be the year's final "Third Thursday" on October 25.