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Oktoberfest raises funds for the community

by Carson Costa

Special to The R-CRichard Hamzik and Maria Raker at the 2011 Oktoberfest in Heritage Park.

The Carson Valley Sertoma Club is holding their 22nd annual Oktoberfest in Heritage Park on Sept. 23 as part of their annual fundraising effort.

“Carson Valley Sertoma raises about $30,000 a year,” said Jim Woods, Sertoma’s membership and event chairman. “We have an obligation to give back to our community.”

Last year, Oktoberfest attracted around 500 people.

When asked if there was anything new for Oktoberfest attendants to look forward to, Woods jokingly answered, “a better chairman then they’ve ever had before – me.”

Sertoma is sticking to the tried and true traditions of music, dancing, food, and crafters.

“We all get out and eat and drink and have fun,” Woods said.

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Oktoberfest 2012 will feature the Gruber Family Band, a family that grew up together with the German polka, whom Sertoma have used at Oktoberfest for years.

They started out in a small German restaurant in California, but are now on a large national circuit.

To eat, there will be plain and spicy German bratwurst from the Sausage Factory, handmade sauerkraut, German potato salad, pretzels and mustard and apple strudel.

The food is largely provided by local Dutch resident Garry Den Heyer, who was instrumental in the opening of the Carson Valley Swim Center.

A variety of specialty beers will be available including Oktoberfest brews. The music and dancing starts at noon and continues until 4:30 p.m. There is no admission charge.

Oktoberfest was first held at Topaz Lake, and has always been a part of Sertoma’s community efforts.

The Carson Valley Community Food Closet, family support council and China Spring are a few of the many community programs that Sertoma supports.

Sertoma also gives out at least five scholarships each year to Douglas High graduates.

“This last year we started awarding a technical school scholarship,” Woods said.

The first recipient of this scholarship is starting classes at a culinary school this fall.

Woods said one thing a lot of people don’t realize about Oktoberfest is that, “it’s a good bargain – one of the best bargains around.”

Sertoma is still accepting crafters for this event. Contact Sharon at 267-5964.

For more information, call Jim Woods at 720-7009 or jim.woods@charter.net.

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