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Oktoberfest to serve up 25 years of community outreach

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Gold Country Rotary’s annual Oktoberfest arrives Friday, Oct. 19 to celebrate 25 years of fundraising for outreach programs and student scholarships. Family and friends sit at rows of tables with festive decorations, and pile their plates high with Bratwurst sausages, juicy pork chops, German potato salad, and sauerkraut. Taps flow with beer from Munich’s Spaten brewery while an “oompah” band accompanies Austrian and Bavarian folk dancing. This year, the musicians and dance group are from The Sacramento Turn Verein Alpentanzer Schuhplattler. “Oktoberfest has become a family tradition, so we see many of the same faces year after year. It’s a great way to kick-off the fall season,” said event co-chair Jeff Moore. There are opportunities to win door and raffle prizes. Silent auctions are held, and a costume contest invites attendees to come dressed in lederhosen and dirndls, and other traditional German dress. “Last year’s stein-holding contests drew a large crowd of contestants,” said event emcee, Ralph Smith. “The rules are simple. Spill the beer, you’re out; the last person standing wins.” Wine lovers have a selection of barrel-aged and bottled wines from local wineries, including Bonitata Boutique and Fawnridge. A-Train will provide dance tunes. Oktoberfest is Gold Country Rotary’s biggest event of the year. Last year the club gave $12,000 in scholarships. Event doors open at 5 p.m., dinner is served from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., and there’s music and dancing until the event ends at 10. Tickets are $22 for adults ($25 at the door), and $10 for children under 13. Obtain tickets from any Gold Country Rotarian, or call Jeff Moore at Community 1st Bank, (530) 863-4804, and Ralph Smith at State Farm Agency, (530) 885-8652, ext. 6.