Annual Sertoma Oktoberfest today |

Annual Sertoma Oktoberfest today

Staff Reports

Sertoman Garry Den Heyer cooks the sauerkraut at Oktoberfest in 2012.
Kurt Hildebrand file photo |

To celebrate the end of another productive year, The Carson Valley Sertoma Club is hosting Oktoberfest.

The 23rd annual fundraiser is noon to 4 p.m. today in Heritage Park.

“Oktoberfest is a celebration of completion of a productive year, that is the fall harvest,” event chairman Jim Woods said. “It’s one way for the community to come together, and share in the fun of a job well done.”

Although the activities are free, food and drinks are for sale.

The traditional menu includes Sausage Factory sausages, sauerkraut, German potato salad and apple strudel.

“Garry Den Heyer is the only guy in the world who knows how to make the sauerkraut. It’s really good,” Woods said. “He takes commercial-based sauerkraut and tunes it up so it reflects an Oktoberfest level of enjoyment.”

German music will be played by the Gruber Family Band, and there will be craft booths, children’s activities, yodeling contests and German beer.

“Yodeling is great entertainment for people who get into the festivity of Oktoberfest,” Woods said. “They get up there and they yodel. They might not have ever yodeled before and might not ever do it again. Some of them are good, and some of them are really bad.”

All proceeds benefit Douglas County organizations.

Community members who purchased food tickets for the Catfish Carl Labor Day concert that was canceled, can redeem them at the Oktoberfest event.

For more information call Woods at 265-3914.